Microsoft Online Services Sign-In Assistant for IT Professionals RTW

Hello EE,
What authentication protocol is this MSFT application using (roughly speaking)? Is this service equivalent to authenticating with Office365 in the IE browser or does it operate on a different application level?

Also, does it store info in my local credential manager? And, if you happen to know, how long do I stay signed-in?

Finally, is this different than authenticating with Office365 via Powershell?
http://help.outlook.com/en-us/140/cc952755.aspx
-K

Microsoft Online Services Sign-In Assistant for IT Professionals RTW
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41950

"The MOS SIA can also provide an improved sign-in experience, such that end users can access Microsoft Online Services without having to re-enter their credentials"
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Vasil Michev (MVP)Commented:
The 'improves sign-in experience' bit is in regards to AD FS and the so-called 'rich clients', the sign-in assistant 'helps' other programs 'talk' to the AD FS servers. Apart from that, it's used by things like the WAAD module for PowerShell. Browser based applications login or connecting to Exchange Online does not depend on the SIA.

Here's some more info:

http://community.office365.com/en-us/w/sso/534.aspx

http://community.office365.com/en-us/w/sso/358.using-smart-links-or-idp-initiated-authentication-with-office-365.aspx
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kengregAuthor Commented:
Thank you Vasil for your description and links. I wasn't thinking about the end-user implementation of the Sign-In Assistant. I suppose SSO and smart links could be helpful. Thanks for that perspective.

From my experience purely as an administrator, the Sign-In Assistant is a pre-requisite for the Azure Powershell.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj585012.aspx

I'm helping with Exchange 2013 administration for an Office365 account. Here is the general sign-in process:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj984289(v=exchg.150).aspx

In my usage there's no integration with Credential Manager.

I wanted to maintain different Office365 logins in the same Windows profile. I'm using different browsers and even different PowerShell sessions. I've been able to run different logins for testing purposes.

KG
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