We have an existing subscription that we'd like to give a user access to with their existing Microsoft Account. When we go into Azure subscription's access control and add the user, the only option we see "Azure AD user, group, or application" which creates a Azure AD user. We're wanting to add a Microsoft Account. We have an existing user that is added like this already, and they can switch between subscriptions easily in the top right Azure menu. We just can't figure out how to do it again.

Here is what it looks like with a MS Account added...

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VS a AD user.

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  • What is the reasoning for the down votes of the question??
    – John C
    May 15, 2018 at 6:32

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You need to add Microsoft Accounts as guest users, click on the "Add Guest User" button in the Azure AD user page.

  • Still shows up as "External Active Directory"
    – John C
    May 8, 2018 at 19:40
  • Yes, they will be external directory since they are guest users in your AD. It's expected. May 11, 2018 at 12:01
  • Why do some show up as guest users and other as Microsoft account?
    – John C
    May 15, 2018 at 6:29
  • It still shows up as "External Azure Active Directory" instead of "Microsoft Account"
    – John C
    May 24, 2018 at 5:47
  • Are you sure the user you are adding are authenticating with a Microsoft Account rather than an another Active Directory? I see Guest users with newly-created outlook.com and gmail.com addresses appearing as "Microsoft account", but Guests users that are managed in another Azure AD appear as "External Azure Active Directory".
    – Rikki
    Sep 23, 2018 at 20:08

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