Move Microsoft Office 365 from SWA to WS-Federation

There are two sign-on methods for Microsoft Office 365 available in Okta:

  1. Secure Web Authentication (SWA): SWA relies on a username and a password for security credentials that can be selected by the end user or assigned by the administrator.
  2. WS-Federation: WS-Federation is a specification that defines mechanisms to transfer identity information using encrypted SOAP messages. It adds a level of security. WS-Federation doesn't require a separate password for Office 365. So Okta doesn't need to sync user passwords when WS-Federation is used.


  1. In the Admin Console, go to ApplicationsApplications.

  2. Locate and select the Microsoft Office 365 app.

  3. Select the Sign On tab, then click Edit.

  4. For Sign on methods, select WS-Federation.

  5. Follow setup instructions in Configure Single Sign-on for Office 365.