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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
Still hate Outlook.com. Please allow us to switch back to Hotmail.com? It was far superior to the puerile design you offer now.
Here is my problem. I add ABC@outlook.com as an alias to my account XYZ@outlook.com but then I remove it. Now I want to add ABC@outook.com said above as my alias to MNP@outlook.com, but it shows email address unavailable. Is it possible for me to do that, or ABC@outlook.com is stick to XYZ@outlook.com even when I remove it?
I created an alias, then removed it immediately. Then I renamed my account with the new email (same name which I gave for my alias earlier). My account was successfully renamed with new outlook.in domain. Now I can't receive email from my new outlook.in domain. I can send but cannot receive email. Please.. help me at the earliest.
When you delete an alias or an email address, you have to wait 30 days before you can register it again yourself or by anybody else.
After 30 days, you can reuse the old address to create a new email or a new alias. Remember to grab that name as soon as possible because someone else can take it if they create the same email or alias after the 30 days are over.
Read the warning in the answer to the question: Can I rename my primary alias?
Yes, this is an issue I faced as well. I've removed the app, and am using the default Android mail client until this is resolved.
The alias outlook.in does not receive emails. I checked from several email clients, but outlook.in doesn't receive even one email. Please check and solve this issue.
I am facing the same problem.
I did opt for the two step verification but am annoyed as I am yet to find the android app for the Microsoft authenticator in the play store. I will be glad if anyone could point me to it
It seems no one is reading the comments.. and there is no support from outlook community.. the new international domains are not receiving emails.. this is a serious issues as if someone in creating their primary account with these international domains..
Can somenone from MS look into this ..
My issue got resolved.. Now I am able to send and receive email from my international doman - outlook.in .. Thanks a lot to Alden - Moderator from Microsoft Outlook. Also I am able to send receive email from my all outlook.in domains.
Please check your email id again.. try to send and receive from your outlook.in domain.. The issue has been resolved it seems.
My issue got resolved.
Soooo.... Enabled this on both my accounts.... It made me unlink them first... Now when I try to link them I get:
We cannot link these two accounts.
VERY happy to see the two-step authentication. Thank you for adding this.
I set up 2FA and it worked well for a few days, but now when I try to use my cell phone to receive the verification code, it always shows "We couldn't send the code. Please try again". Then I have to use my recovery email to get the code.
... and no .ro (Romania) TLD. Well, thanks for nothing.