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One of our principles is that we should adapt to how you want to work, not vice versa. This is why we allow you to use any email address to sign in to your Microsoft account. We've also heard from you that over time things change with your account--you might get married, start a new job, move or any number of life events that make you want to change your email address. We want to make it easier to keep your account up to date as these life events happen.
Several years ago we launched the ability to rename or to add aliases to your account, which gave important flexibility to manage these changes. But we found that these tasks were a little too monolithic. For example, sometimes you wanted to sign in with one alias but use another to send mail or display on your Xbox. So we started working to break these tasks down to give you more flexibility.
In April, we added the ability to sign in with any alias on your account. At that time, Rename was left unchanged; and it walked you through an experience to add a new alias and switch which one was the "primary" alias on your account.
Today, we're replacing rename with a simpler and clearer choice to make any of your aliases a primary alias. We've also made it clearer why you might want to do this (and why you might not). Now that you can sign in with any alias, really the only reason to make a different alias your primary one is if you want a different email name to show on your Microsoft devices, like the background of your Xbox or your Windows 8 PC.
To manage your aliases (or make other changes to your account), go to https://account.live.com/, click on "Account aliases" in the left navigation bar, and then follow the instructions.
This change will roll out to all accounts in the next few days.
Thanks for all the feedback and for using our products. Keep the feedback coming.
-- Eric Doerr, Group Program Manager, Microsoft account
I have a live email address, and an outlook email address, and I'm unable to figure out how to switch between them. When I try to add the live email address as an alias it says "This is already part of your security info." I don't know what that message has to do with what I'm trying to accomplish.
I still can't add my existing hotmail account as an alias to my existing outlook account. It says account already existing (duh) when I try to add an existing account as an alias.
Since I can no longer have them linked, (that functionality was removed blogs.office.com/.../an-update-to-linked-accounts.aspx) how are we supposed to do this?
I still can't add an existing hotmail account as an alias to my existing outlook account.
Since account linking was removed, I thought alias' were the replacement.
Ideally, I would like to merge my accounts (like how they got merged when you upgraded your hotmail to outlook).
Interesting, how does this affect things like TechNet/msdn subscriptions, or more importantly for me, my TechNet profile?
I've been working at KU for about 6yrs and plan to continue for as long as they'll have me, but I've amassed a lot of points and achievments and I'd hate to lose those if I were to switch my primary from my (poorly chosen at the time) ku address to my personal address.
please make it happen to send from an alias or connected account via OUTLOOK 2013!!! actually it doesn't work and that is ***! FIX IT PLEASE :)
Tried it. Works great so far on the desktop! I am keen to see how it works on the phone, as I was having this issue previously:
Original account email + "send-as" alias
1. create calendar event on phone under original account
2. the event is added to my calendar but appears as if created by someone else (the alias), preventing me from editing the event
How will this affect my SkyDrive storage. I have an old Hotmail.com account that I renamed that have 25g of storage. I also created an Outlook.com, with 7g of SkyDrive storage, I like to have as my primary account name.
If I add the Outlook.com account as an alias to my renamed Hotmail.com account. Make the Outlook.com my primary and then delete the Hotmail.com name. Will I loss my 25g of SkyDrive storage?
I also found my existing outlook.com email can't be used as an alias to my existing hotmail.com account. Those of us early adopters who made a new outlook.com address (and apparently a new Microsoft account) instead of seeing the option to "upgrade" our hotmail.com address have been told to use account links, then when links were taken away to just forward email from the other account to your preferred account. And now we're told to use aliases, but that doesn't really work either because my existing outlook.com email can't be used as an alias to my existing hotmail.com account (and apparently as noted by Cory H the reverse).
The fact is we simply want to have our single, long established Microsoft account (used with Hotmail/Xbox Live/Office 365/Windows 8/Tech Net/etc) that was originally setup with firstname.lastname@example.org to be changed to email@example.com (as was done when one "upgraded" from hotmail.com to outlook.com). Is that really so hard to accomplish since this whole issue started over a year ago?
You cannot add the already existing outlook.com account as an alias.
1. Add another alias to your outlook.com account and make it primary.
2. delete your original outlook.com alias from the account.
3. After 30 days add the same to your hotmail.com account as an alias
4. Make it primary.
yep. i have two hotmail accounts that i have had for like 10-15 years that i do not use regularly, but cannot lose. would love to be able to just merge them to my new outlook account so i dont have to continually log into them to keep them.
please make it happen that we can send from outlook 2013 with all the aliases and connected accounts!!! actually it sucks, because it does not work, but in the win 8 mail app it works. so please fix this soon!!
Will these new features be release to Office365? Managing aliases is a huge problem in the Enterprise when one user has multipple Office365 aliases and identities in different email domains on the same Office365 account.
I live in Germany and have an existing @live.com email address, which I want to move to my hotmail.de account. If I would do these steps, I don't have "live.com" as selection in the dropdown list to create a new email alias and thus I can only create @live.de
One of the "features"/side effects of aliases up to now was that I could create an alias that could not be used to log into my account. This achieved the goal of having an email that I could use for secondary websites for account verification and the like that did not compromise my security should the website be hacked and my email and password be released to the wild. It allowed me to send and receive using that alias knowing that no one could get to my default account.
This new change now allows me to log into my entire account using any of these aliases. What then is the meaning of "primary" if any alias now is another vector into my account?