Azure AD is now Microsoft Entra ID, but users aren't happy

The new names are coming to Azure AD starting this October.

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Key notes

  • Starting October 1st, the display name of these services will change.
  • The new names fall under the Entra services.
  • Microsoft says the services stay the same, only the names change.
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Big week for Microsoft users. Patch Tuesday it’s here, and it brought a lot of new features with it, including the VPN icon, voice commands, and the ability to quickly fix your computer. Plus, on the Canary Channel, you are able to fix your Windows 11 from Windows update. It will be out on live Windows servers soon.

However, this is not all. Starting this week, Microsoft has decided to change the name of Azure Active Directory to Microsoft Entra ID. So it means that Azure has a new name.

To unify the Microsoft Entra product family, reflect the progression to modern multicloud identity security, and simplify secure access experiences for all, we’re renaming Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) to Microsoft Entra ID.


No action is required from you, Microsoft says. You can continue to use the service without interruption. All existing deployments will continue to function as they do today without any action from you. However, not all users are happy with this. Many of them don’t want to learn the new names. And a lot of subreddits, such as the sysadmin, know what Azure AD stands for.

In MS’ defense, it is hard to name products when you have a stack as large as theirs. But sometimes, I just don’t get it. Azure AD as an extension of AD–a name that’s been around for 20+ years and a brand that is deeply respected–is just good marketing. I don’t understand this Entra BS. You’re sacrificing lineage with one of the most respected brands in this whole space. EVERYONE knows what AD stands for on this subreddit. Why give that up?

If it has to change, why not change it to Azure ID. Entra is a really weird word.

I’m tired of Microsoft’s changes. “Azure AD” just makes sense.

What are the new names coming to Azure AD?

Microsoft is emphasizing that only the names are changing, the services are still the active directory new name

All features and capabilities are still available in the product. Licensing, terms, service-level agreements, product certifications, support and pricing remain the same.

Starting on October 1st, 2023, display names for these services will change. Microsoft Entra ID Free, Microsoft Entra ID P1, and Microsoft Entra ID P2 will become the new names of the Azure Active Directory Services. Here is a list of the all new names coming to Azure, so you might start to learn them.

Old display name for service planNew display name for service plan
Azure Active Directory FreeMicrosoft Entra ID Free
Azure Active Directory Premium P1Microsoft Entra ID P1
Azure Active Directory Premium P2Microsoft Entra ID P2
Azure Active Directory for EducationMicrosoft Entra ID for the education
Old display name for product SKUNew display name for product SKU
Azure Active Directory Premium P1Microsoft Entra ID P1
Azure Active Directory Premium P1 for studentsMicrosoft Entra ID P1 for students
Azure Active Directory Premium P1 for facultyMicrosoft Entra ID P1 for faculty
Azure Active Directory Premium P1 for governmentMicrosoft Entra ID P1 for government
Azure Active Directory Premium P2Microsoft Entra ID P2
Azure Active Directory Premium P2 for studentsMicrosoft Entra ID P2 for students
Azure Active Directory Premium P2 for facultyMicrosoft Entra ID P2 for faculty
Azure Active Directory Premium P2 for governmentMicrosoft Entra ID P2 for government
Azure Active Directory F2Microsoft Entra ID F2

However, you should know that some of the names will stay the same.

The changes on all the platforms will happen gradually starting in October 2023, and they will be fully implemented everywhere before 2024.

What do you think about these new names? Is Microsoft doing the right thing? Let us know your opinion in the comments section below.

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