What's deprecated in Microsoft Entra ID?

The lifecycle of functionality, features, and services are governed by policy, support timelines, data, also leadership and engineering team decisions. Lifecycle information allows customers to predictably plan long-term deployment aspects, transition from outdated to new technology, and help improve business outcomes.

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Upcoming changes

Use the following table to learn about changes including deprecations, retirements, breaking changes and rebranding. Also find key dates and recommendations.


Dates and times are United States Pacific Standard Time, and are subject to change.

Functionality, feature, or service Change Change date
System-preferred authentication methods Feature change Sometime after GA
Azure AD Graph API Start of phased retirement Jul 2023
Terms of Use experience Feature change Jul 2023
Azure AD PowerShell and MSOnline PowerShell Deprecation Mar 30, 2024
Azure Multi-Factor Authentication Server Retirement Sep 30, 2024
Legacy MFA & SSPR policy Retirement Sep 30, 2025
'Require approved client app' Conditional Access Grant Retirement Mar 31, 2026

Past changes

Functionality, feature, or service Change Change date
Azure AD Authentication Library (ADAL) Retirement Jun 30, 2023
My Apps improvements Feature change Jun 30, 2023
Microsoft Authenticator Lite for Outlook mobile Feature change Jun 9, 2023
My Groups experience Feature change May 2023
My Apps browser extension Feature change May 2023
Microsoft Authenticator app Number matching Feature change May 8, 2023
Microsoft Entra Domain Services virtual network deployments Retirement Mar 1, 2023
License management API, PowerShell Retirement *Mar 31, 2023

* The legacy license management API and PowerShell cmdlets won't work for new tenants created after Nov 1, 2022.


Later versions of functionality, features, and services might not meet current security requirements. Microsoft may be unable to provide security updates for older products.

See the following two sections for definitions of categories, change state, etc.

Deprecation, retirement, breaking change, feature change, and rebranding

Use the definitions in this section help clarify the state, availability, and support of features, services, and functionality.

Category Definition Communication schedule
Retirement Signals retirement of a feature, capability, or product in a specified period. Customers can't adopt the service or feature, and engineering investments are reduced. Later, the feature reaches end-of-life and is unavailable to any customer. Two times per year: March and September
Breaking change A change that might break the customer or partner experience if action isn't taken, or a change made, for continued operation. Four times per year: March, June, September, and December
Feature change Change to an existing Identity feature that requires no customer action, but is noticeable to them. Typically, these changes are in the user interface/user experperience (UI/UX). Four times per year: March, June, September, and December


  • End-of-life - engineering investments have ended, and the feature is unavailable to any customer

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