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As we've talked about before, we're focused on delivering connected devices and services to you, our customers. And Microsoft account makes your experiences on devices and services more personal and relevant. When you sign in to any device or service with your Microsoft account, your personal settings, contacts and other information meet you there. It keeps you connected to the people you care about on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other services. It all just works, wherever you go.
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
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!!
I just tried switching the primary login from @Hotmail to an existing @outlook alias, but after clicking Make primary I got an error message stating that the operation couldn't be completed. However, the switch still completed half-way, changing my primary account to @outlook BUT removing my trusty @Hotmail alias as a login alias. So, my Windows Phone can't reach any Microsoft services until this issue is fixed (and a hard reset is not an option right now).
Now, on the Outlook.com side of the fence, I do have the @Hotmail address listed as an alias, so there is an inconsistency between what Microsoft Account and Outlook.com think are my aliases. My fear now is that this will be resolved by removing the alias on Outlook.com, which would cause enormous problems for me.
So, how do I get this inconsistency resolved? I am unable to do it myself by trying to add back the @Hotmail alias back as a login (because of "unspecified errors").
Any help is appreciated.
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I really don't want to be able to sign in my account with all my aliases. This makes my account less secure. Microsoft should allow users to choose which aliases they can use to sign in their accounts. I really hope that Microsoft considers this and makes a change soon.
@Thanh - Thanks for the feedback. I'll pass it along to the right part of the team.
@David - I'll have someone reach out to you offline to see if we can figure out what's happening here.
@jspatton - Things like MSDN have a secondary profile that is distinct from the profile pic and other info that shows up on your Windows machine, Windows phone, etc.
@LeiChat - Kalyan has it right. You can't add an alias to a 2nd account when it is still on another.
@Slbailey1 - In your case you have 2 Microsoft accounts - each with one alias. If you want to move the alias from one account to the other, you have to delete the alias, wait 30 days for it to be recycled, and then add it to the other account. In that case you would have to pick which account to use - either the 7 gb or the 25gb account. There is no way to combine the storage.
@Charles - I hear you. We'd like to enable more flexibility to move aliases between accounts. This is a thing we're working on but it's not ready yet.
@Justin - This post describes functionality that is part of Microsoft account and Outlook.com. Office365 has a different tool set more focused on organizations.
@Jake - Primary mostly now indicates some cosmetic things - like the background picture and email address on Windows and Xbox, and the default "from" address in email apps and Outlook.com. Many customers might add an alias and switch to using it and never bother to change it to primary. Other customers may want to more completely "switch" and move to make primary. It's really up to you.
@David Windehem - Belay my previous. We need your permission to reach out to you directly based on the email address on this account. Let us know if that's ok and we'll have someone reach out. We want to help figure out what's going on here. Thanks!