Deploying Windows Hello for Office 365 or Hello World for Office 365

Having grown up with personal computers in the 70s and 80s my introduction to computer science was a simple two-line program.

10 PRINT "Hello, World!"
20 END

I’m sure that most of those who read this blog post will have started their career in a similar manor. Our next step was often to modify this program to repeat “Hell, World!” infinitely, then modify it again to repeat that message a finite number of times.

Microsoft has evoked this heritage with the service it calls “Windows Hello” and the related (but much more clumsily named) “Windows Hello for Business.” These services are a new way to authenticate to your computer, your Active Directory, your Office 365, and your Azure resources. The Hello services are one of the foundational pieces in Microsoft’s strategy to move us away from an authentication model that is dependent on usernames and passwords. In this blog post I’m going to explain what the Hello services do, and what you’ll need to deploy them in your organization.