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Platform Feature Enhancements

Feature Enhancement Expected in Preview Orgs Expected in Production Orgs
OpenID Connect Generally Available now Generally Available beginning 8/7/2017
Key Rollover Generally Available now Generally Available beginning 8/7/2017
Email for Two-Factor Authentication Early Access by 8/3/2017 Early Access beginning 8/7/2017
SHA-256 Signed Certificates for New SAML 2.0 Apps Generally Available by 8/3/2017 Generally Available beginning 9/11/2017

To enable an Early Availability (EA) feature, contact Support. For more information, see Okta Release Lifecycle.

A new version of the Sign-In Widget is available now for all orgs.

OpenID Connect

OpenID Connect is a simple identity layer on top of the OAuth 2.0 protocol, which allows computing clients to verify the identity of an end user based on the authentication performed by an authorization server, as well as to obtain basic profile information about the end user in an interoperable and REST-like manner. In technical terms, OpenID Connect specifies a RESTful HTTP API, using JSON as a data format.

OpenID Connect allows a range of clients, including Web-based, mobile, and JavaScript clients, to request and receive information about authenticated sessions and end users. The specification suite is extensible, supporting optional features such as encryption of identity data, discovery of OpenID Providers, and session management.

Okta is certified for OpenID Connect. For more information, see OpenID Connect and Okta.

Key Rollover

We provide the ability to generate a certificate with a specified validity period for the Apps API and Identity Providers API.

SHA-256 Signed Certificates for New SAML 2.0 Apps

All new SAML 2.0 apps are bootstrapped with SHA-256 signed public certificates. Existing SAML 2.0 apps are unchanged.

Email for Two-Factor Authentication

You can enroll a user with an email factor. See Enroll Okta Email Factor for details.

New Version of the Sign-In Widget

Version 2.1.0 of the Okta Sign-In Widget is available on GitHub or NPM. Check out the new features and bug fixes!