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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
Thanks! You can reach me at davidwin at outlook dot com, which is my primary address for the affected account.
Thanks David. I'll have someone reach out early this week.
I like it! As a few other people stated, it'd be nice if there were controls for the various aliases in terms of limiting what they can and can't be used for.
I like it! As a few other people stated, it'd be nice if there were controls for the various aliases in terms of limiting what they can and can't be used for<a
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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!!
Thanks for the update, Eric. Will similar functionality be available eventually to Live Domain users who transitioned their primary accounts to Outlook.com? Right now, trying rename a Live domain account to an alias still gives this error: "Your organization's policies prevent you from changing your primary alias."
I'm with Thanh on this. The reason I use aliases is to not distribute my main address to third parties and keep It more secure. Now all of a sudden they can all be used as login and therefor that secure element is lost. While I understand how it can be an improvement for a lot of people, I feel that it is a step backwards myself and I hope it becomes a priority to either undo this or give users a choice.
I agree with Thanh Nguyen and RadiusK. To me the primary function of aliases is to keep my account more secure. I hope Microsoft gives us a choice which aliases (if any) we want to use for signing in and which we don't.
Just thought about something. The primary alias is also shown when you share files via e-mail on SkyDrive. Probably, it would be better to allow people to choose which address to reveal on SkyDrive and other services. Or, maybe, to allow people to use a secondary alias as their only sign-in address while leaving the primary alias as it is. There are lots of things to consider here and I hope the Outlook team takes this issue seriously. Ideally, people should never have to reveal their real e-mail address (including, when they are using any devices or related services like SkyDrive), unless they choose to do this themselves.
my email has been upgraded to outlook and all my mail is gone. How do i get i back?
I don't want my account to be accessed from all of my aliases. I use aliases to protect the main account, and multi-alias login nullifies that protection.
New features and choices don't always have to come at the expense of old ones. Consider this analogy: When fast-food chains added salads, apple slices, and juice, they did not eliminate burgers, fries, and soft drinks from their menus. They broadened their selection and gave their customers more choices. To do otherwise would have pleased some while alienating others.
Now, let’s apply the fast-food principle to Outlook.com. “In April, [The Outlook Team] added the ability to sign in with any alias on your account … One of [their] principles is that [they] should adapt to how you want to work, not vice versa.” For Outlook to truly adapt to its users’ needs, it must offer both sides of the coin: the ability to sign in with any alias on your account; and the ability *not* to sign in with any alias on your account. To do otherwise is to cater to the needs of one group while neglecting the other. Instead of adding to the Outlook.com menu, they *changed* the Outlook.com menu; they replaced hamburgers with salads, thereby disenfranchising their loyal hamburger customers. Why not go for the win-win scenario by offering choices and flexibility?
On a positive note, it is refreshing and encouraging to see the author’s feedback to comments on this post. It makes me feel like my voice will be heard and that my request actually has a chance of materializing. Thank you for your attention!
@Eric - Any developments on my Outlook/MS Account inconsistency issue? I haven't heard back since the initial contact and hope to get this resolved before something more problematic happens to my account.
Eric, I have the same issue as Dave. How do I allow users to change their alias?