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Casey GattiCasey Gatti 

Will enabling 365 federation through Okta also affect authentication of desktop apps?

Here's the background:
We are a small 30-person company with all Mac computers. We utilize no server-driven login/SSO platform. All accounts are local to the computer. Our user accounts are also manually created on the Office 365 platform and in Okta. We currently activate our desktop-based Office 365 apps by using our Office 365 username/password.

Here's the question:
When I enable WS-Fedentation within Okta, will that additionally create some kind of cascade affect that will negatively impact our desktop-based 365 apps from being able to login since we don't have any kind of SSO software running on our local Mac computers?

Also, is there a way to utilize WS-Federation for how Okta interfaces with 365, but still allow people to login to 365 via portal.office.com?

Cristian MondiruCristian Mondiru (Okta, Inc.)
Hello Casey,

  Thank you for contacting Okta Support. Enabling WS-Federation should not have a negative impact on your desktop-based O365 apps. For more information regarding this type of setup we recommend checking the deployment guide for Office 365, found here (https://support.okta.com/help/Documentation/Knowledge_Article/Office365-Deployment-Guide). After enabling WS-Federation, all users will go through Okta for authentication. If you require further assistance on this matter, please open a support case.


Cristian Mondiru
Technical Support Engineer
Okta Global Customer Care