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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
Why no outlook.nl for the Netherlands? You have had live.nl for some years now...
Great news for sign-in alias!!! And for 2-step verification too!
Happy to see Microsoft teams are working to add new features to products monthly!
LOVE the fact that Outlook is coming out with 2FA!!! :-)
BUT.....on the alias issue: other providers that have aliases (I'm thinking of Fastmail, for example) 'get' what they're all about! (www.fastmail.fm/.../features_aliases.html): hiding the log in username.
If some people *want* the option logging in with aliases, that's fine. But, as others have said, it should be an *option*. Providing 2FA while removing the ability to hide the sole log in address (by now making all active aliases usable for that purpose) strikes me as "giving with one hand and taking with the other." Do, indeed, provide the feature if you (and other users) wish, but PLEASE consider making it O-P-T-I-O-N-A-L for those of us who have enjoyed the small layer of security a hidden log in username has afforded us and who, therefore, DON'T want aliases used for log-ins!
Please make it possible to NOT sign in with alias! Why do you want to make my account insecure? I feel safer using aliases because if the service I signed up with an alias is not trustworthy or is compromised, they do NOT have my Microsoft ID/Account and any attempt to log in will be a failure because it's impossible to log in with aliases. I like the rename account option, make it as good as possible, make it possible to change the MS ID with Windows Phone without reseting the device. Please do NOT (or give me the option NOT to) make it possible to sign in with an alias.
What about Mexico? We need a country address domain to.
I don't see the new optons shown above for managing and configuring alias logins. What's up?
account.live.com/.../Manage does not work. Please help!
not able to use ms account to sign in here and comment, using authenticator app, nor entering app password works.
why do i need to unlink all other accounts before two step verification can be setup?
Wow easy to understand EMAIL lol.
These are good features but please, allow users to combine two different Microsoft accounts into one. I created a new Outlook.com account when it was launched and now I want to merge this account with my old one WITHOUT setting up e-mail forwarding and that kind of stuff. There are a lot of users in this situation complaining about it on the net and you have to bring a solution ASAP. You just need to allow add an existing Microsoft account as an alias. Anyway, well done!
Skydrive + 2-step verification is the best thing from Microsoft besides Windows and Office. Thank you Microsoft!
I managed to create an alias with the new domains but I am not receiving any mails sent to that alias. I am able to send new mails with the alias but can't receive any.
Two-step verification is very good idea! But the problem is that the android app Outlook fail to connect with the 2-step verification.
It would be great include the .BO country Address for Bolivia.
What is Microsoft's rationale behind reducing the number of aliases from 15 to 10? I hope Microsoft reconsiders this.