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As announced earlier today, over the next few days we are releasing an update to Microsoft account. For people who use Outlook.com, this includes a number of new features such as two-step verification, the ability to sign in with an alias and new international domains for your email address.
You can now choose to enable two-step verification for your entire account. Two-step verification is when we ask you for two pieces of information when you sign in to your account--your password plus a code sent to a phone or email that you gave us as security info. Many of you have asked for this and we're delighted to be able to offer this capability.
Two-step verification is a great way to add extra protection to your account. Once you've enabled two-step verification, even if a criminal gets your password (for example, through malware on a friend's machine that you used, or if you use the same password for another service that gets breached) they can't access your account.
You can read more about two-step verification here, or just start setting it up at https://account.live.com/proofs/Manage --it only takes a few minutes.
We've heard from a lot of you that you love using Outlook.com but you wish you had more flexibility signing in. Many of you have added an email alias to your account, but you can't use the alias to sign in to your account. Previously the only option was to permanently rename your account, which is a hassle and requires you to reset certain devices.
With this release, you can now sign in with any alias that has been added to your account. We've also simplified the experience of adding and managing aliases, with better advice on when you should add an alias vs. renaming your primary alias.
You can set up or manage aliases at https://account.live.com/names/Manage.
Figure 1: Manage and set up account aliases
We've been delighted by the reception to the new Outlook.com service. Many people have chosen to create new @outlook.com aliases, and as we previously discussed, many people have switched over from other email services.
But we also heard from some of you that you'd like to be able to have an @outlook address that is unique to your country (e.g. @outlook.de), so here is the list of new @outlook email domains that will be available in the next few days.
We encourage you to turn on and tell your friends to turn on two-step verification and help reduce the number of accounts that get hacked. And we hope you like the other new features released today. Thanks for all the interest in Outlook.com and Microsoft services and we look forward to hearing what you think.
--Eric Doerr, Group Program Manager, Microsoft account
I am so happy for two step verification. Outlook will once again become world's best email.
Please bring .pk domain for Pakistan. (previous Microsoft offered .com.pk domain but .pk is shorter)
I hope Outlook.ca is also coming soon !
Please add outlook.pk for pakistan also ! we will be waiting....
What about the "on behalf of" issue? When will that be resolved? A fix was promised and we're still waiting...
Does this mean that I can sign in with any alias to e.g. my Windows Phone? (That would be great!) Or is the flexible sign in available only for online acces (to Outlook e-mail)?
sounds nice... hope this will fix that i can send with the aliases from outlook 2013!!!
Wait... so (do I understand this correctly ?) I have the OPTION of using 2FA, but I'm being FORCED to allow my account to accept aliases as the sign-in username ?! But, from a security perspective, the whole point in having an alias is to allow the account name & address to be hidden (being used for logins only) and thereby making the account a bit more secure.
When you all "heard from a lot of [people] that you love using Outlook.com," were you also listening to those of us who want to have aliases NOT used as alternative login usernames ? It would've been much better if you had provided this 'feature' as an option !!
Can you still do that ? :-)
How does one manage aliases for custom domains without using tools like wlalias?
All good, positive steps in the right direction but when are you going to get rid of this 'on behalf' nonsense when sending mail from a custom email account? Please allow us to send this mail through an external SMTP server - it's not difficult!
'We can't find that page' error when I try to access the above website address
What about the UK, why is there no .co.uk option listed?
Yes why no .co.uk ??????
Another company owns outlook.co.uk
Yes, could we have outlook.co.uk?
Please make the loging using alias OPTIONAL. I don't like at all!!!