Manage Multiple Windows Live IDs Together

If you’re having multiple Windows Live IDs, you may probably knows, managing and switching between them is not an easy task.  To simplify switching between multiple Windows Live IDs you can now link them together, with the Linked Windows Live ID service.  The service allows you to link your Windows Live accounts together and easily switch between them.   Jeff […]

If you’re having multiple Windows Live IDs, you may probably knows, managing and switching between them is not an easy task.  To simplify switching between multiple Windows Live IDs you can now link them together, with the Linked Windows Live ID service.  The service allows you to link your Windows Live accounts together and easily switch between them.  

Jeff Steinbok, a member of Spaces development team, talked about it in detail on his personal space.

Windows Live Linked IDs Shipped
Got multiple Windows Live accounts?  Sick and tired of having to log out and back in again to switch between them?  Well, no more!  You can now link your Windows Live IDs together so you can switch identities in one click from the menu on the top right of most Windows Live pages. 
To set this up, go to https://account.live.com and look for the section called Linked Windows Live IDs.  There's a link there to manage your linked IDs and if you click that, you'll get a screen where you can add IDs.

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Once you have this done, Sign Out, and then Sign In Again.  When you go to sites like Windows Live Spaces and Windows Live Events, you can click on the top-right of the Windows Live header bar (click on the down arrow next to your name) and you'll be able to instantly switch to any of your linked IDs.

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A few quick security notes:

  • Your linked LiveIDs are only as secure as your weakest password.  So, if you have one account with a strong password and one with a weak one, someone can log into the weak one and then switch accounts to the strong one.
  • If one of your accounts is set to have you change your password regularly, or if one of the sites you visit requires a strong password, it will require that you change your password on each linked account.

This is a really cool feature that took coordination from a lot of teams to get done.  I'm thrilled to see the last piece ship so that users can now take advantage of this.

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