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There are a number of people who have more than one email address and want to manage these multiple email addresses from Outlook.com. Linked accounts were introduced in 2006 as a way to quickly switch between different accounts each with their own email address. Over the next couple months, we will stop supporting linked accounts and instead help people move to a more robust and secure way of managing multiple email addresses: aliases.
There are many reasons people have multiple email addresses, some of the most common include:
We know there are lots of good reasons to have multiple email addresses. We also believe it's important to provide a more robust, secure and durable solution to meet your needs.
Why make this change? Well, a lot of things have changed since we introduced linked accounts. Most importantly, your email address is also often how you sign into the account that is your "digital identity." For example, your Microsoft account unlocks a broad array of experiences ranging from Windows to Xbox to Office365 to Outlook.com and more. Increasingly, devices allow people to connect their various accounts (Microsoft account, Facebook, Twitter, Apple ID, etc.) to their devices and have it all "just work."
That means that you want to have one Microsoft account that lets you light up your Microsoft devices and services with your stuff: your gamer score, your email inboxes, your calendars, your people, and your files, as well as to connect to all the networks you care about. That's certainly the system we're building, and why we've designed aliases to make it easy to have multiple email addresses (for receiving and sending) connected to a single Microsoft account.
On the flip side, we've increasingly found that linked accounts are less robust, and less secure than using aliases. With linked accounts, you can sign in to Outlook.com on the web and then switch to any other linked account without entering a password. It's a handy feature.
Unfortunately, this same feature benefits the bad guys, too. We've found that quite often, people who use linked accounts keep their primary account's security info (including password and proofs) up to date, but don't lavish as much care on their secondary accounts. It's easier for a malicious party to compromise one of those secondary accounts, which gives them full access to your primary account. Note that if we detect suspicious activity in your account, we automatically unlink accounts to try to help prevent this abuse, but we think we need to go further.
We believe that aliases provide a more robust and secure capability for managing multiple email addresses. You can send and receive email from different addresses and keep it all organized the way you like. And all of this is tied to a single Microsoft account that has your latest and most up-to-date security info.
A couple years ago, we began the process of delinking linked accounts and encouraging people to move to aliases. We got good feedback about some issues, and have been hard at work fixing these gaps. To give you a smoother transition, we've added two new features:
We've also heard from some of you that you'd like to just "move an alias" - move the email address and email from one account to another. We've heard you loud and clear. Stay tuned for more about this in the future.
In the next few days, we'll send email about this change, including the steps you should take, to everybody currently using linked accounts. Soon after, when you sign in with a linked account, you'll see a notice with the same info. We want to make sure that you aren't surprised by this change.
If you don't use linked accounts, there's nothing you need to do.
If you do use linked accounts, now's a good time to make sure each account has updated security info, and that you know the password for each one. It's much easier to do this now while they're still linked. But even if you forget your password later, you can always reset it.
If you're interested in consolidating email, here are a few additional things you can do:
In late July, we'll begin unlinking linked accounts.
I know it's a hassle to make changes when you have a setup that works. We wouldn't ask you to do this if it wasn't important for your security. Thanks for partnering with us to help keep you (and your neighbors) more secure.
--Eric Doerr, Group Program Manager, Microsoft account
@Robert - Just pick whichever account you use the most, sign into it, and forward the mail from the other email accounts to that one.
@Scott McBurney - Setting up sharing in SkyDrive between these account is the best approach. Here are directions: windows.microsoft.com/.../change-access-permissions-faq
I'm confused about what this change affects. Does it only affect "linked" Microsoft accounts (Outlook.com, Live.com, Hotmail, etc.) or does it go deeper and affect non-Microsoft accounts that I'm consolidating using Outlook.com? I have several Microsoft accounts (Outlook.com) but as far as I know, they don't know each other exists (they are definitely not linked). What I am doing is using one of the Outlook.com accounts to consolidate email from a bunch of non-Microsoft sources (e.g. gmail, yahoo, comcast and my own domains). I use the "add a send & receive account" option for attaching these accounts to Outlook.com - that way Outlook.com polls the accounts and gets my email rather than my having to rely on the "forward" feature of each separate account. Does this recent change to "linked accounts" affect what I am doing? Thanks, Bill
(sorry is this message appears twice - my first try at posting here did not seem to go through)
i second this. i have 2 hotmail accounts that ive had for 13 and 15 years that i rarely use, but cannot give them up. would love to be able to turn them into aliases to my new outlook account.
i think this is a pretty good change but, we need more information about that
I have two accounts, one for business, one for personal, account linking made it easier for me to track both. You're making my life harder because other people are idiots.
First you alienate me with Windows 8, then you make the XBox One slightly less desirable than Ebola and now this.
I get it, you just don't want me. Right. Fine. I'm moving to gmail, in the immortal words of Eric Cartman "Suck my balls!".
What really idiotic (sorry, but it seems inexcusable) timing to write the following, but not have it ready for this announcement?! Can you at least tell us whether you mean 3 months, 3 years or 3 weeks by "in the future" ?! I don't see the point in setting up all the forwarding stuff etc if then i can just simply move it over! Otherwise i love Outlook.com and would like to remain loyal..
"We've also heard from some of you that you'd like to just "move an alias" - move the email address and email from one account to another. We've heard you loud and clear. Stay tuned for more about this in the future."
Please consider allowing multiple forward rules or distribution lists. I was using a forward rule to one account and a linked account from a different account so that two people could quickly get to email for a common address.
‘2) There are MANY emails that one receives that DON'T have ones email address in the "To" or "CC" field, i.e. like pretty much any mailinglist. Those cannot be sorted properly into different inbox folders in this setup.’
Exactly. Better let us have filters for custom header fields so we can filter messages according to List-Id, Resent-From, and even Message-ID (for those that end with “@phx.gbl”, for example), etc.
And speaking of mailing lists, how about a “mute” feature like in Gmail?
But we still have to sign in the non-primary accounts to prevent them from expiring, is that right?
And another problem: it seems that mails from my aliases will always use the name of my main account, i.e. my name is John Doe, then that name will appear in the "from" field for every alias. Bad, bad, bad... One of the main uses of aliases is to NOT give away my full identity to everyone.
Would you also consider fixing the total number of alias addresses to 15 from the present 10?
Now, this is sad.
As many out there, I use both linked accounts and alias, they are not substitutes of each other but different.
Alias are for e/mail, whereas I still have multiple microsoft accounts (with their own skydrive and stuff) for different purposes.
Guess I will just have to log in and out again as in the good old days.
As I said, sad day.
Are you flipping kidding me? The whole purpose of having linked accounts--at least for me--was to utterly avoid mail forwarding, and keep certain emails separated. Why in the world would we want to go backwards and force a horrible mish-mash of emails upon ourselves? Bad move Microsoft, bad move. The way I see it, you're killing functionality in one product (Outlook) all to make another product (Xbox One) slightly more easy to administer (e.g. logins). If I wanted my linked accounts to be together, I would already have made them aliases (I use aliases too).
I just can't understand who gives the OK to such terrible choices. Between this, the poor Xbox One showing at E3, and who knows what else to come, it looks like Fall 2013 might be a terrible time for Microsoft.
When will we be able to switch our linked accounts to send/receive accounts instead? At the moment it still says "It looks like you're trying to add another Outlook account. Try linking your Outlook accounts together to make switching between them fast and easy". I'm using domains.live.com and ideally I'd just set them set up as aliases, but I don't think that's possible with custom domains.