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Microsoft Rolls Out 2-step Verification, Sign-in by Alias, 32 CTLDs for Outlook.com

Microsoft enable two-step verification for all of its services accessible via “Microsoft account”, now allow sign-in to Outlook.com using an alias, as well as offering 32 new email address domains for Outlook.com.

To increase security for its connected devices and services that are currently used by more than 700 million people around the world, Microsoft now lets you choose to enable two-step verification for your entire account.

For those not aware, “two-step verification is process that ask for two pieces of information when you sign in to your account–your password plus a code sent to a phone or email address.”

The two factor authentication works on services that utilize a Microsoft Account, including Windows 8, a web browser, and Microsoft’s apps and services on other platforms such as iOS and Android.

Once you’ve enabled two-step verification, even if a criminal gets your password they can’t access your account.

Microsoft Accounts gets 2-step verification

Along side 2-step verification, Outlook.com now allow signing-in using an alias through 32 new internation domains for Outlook.com.

With this release, “you can now sign in with any alias that has been added to your account. We’ve also simplified the experience of adding and managing aliases, with better advice on when you should add an alias vs. renaming your primary alias,” the Office team adds.

You can set up or manage aliases at https://account.live.com/names/Manage.

Finally, Microsoft has also added 32 new @Outlook email address domains specific to the country of your choice.

“But we also heard from some of you that you’d like to be able to have an @outlook address that is unique to your country (e.g. @outlook.de),” the team added. Below is the complete list of new @outlook international email domains:

List of 32 new @Outlook international email address domains

In other releated news, Microsoft’s Office team published the latest episode of “Garage Series,” where hosts Jeremy Chapman and Yoni Kirsh go deeper on automating the new Office for your organization.

Watch as they reveal the second XStream install of the season, as host and pilot Yoni attempts an Office 365 ProPlus install, with no Internet access, while performing outrageously high-G aerobatics.

Update 04/20: Since, every gamertag on Xbox LIVE is backed by a Microsoft Account (MSA), so, you can use two-factor authentication with your Xbox LIVE account.

For those of you who have enabled TFA, you’ll need to make one change to how you interact with your Xbox.

If you’re downloading your profile or you choose not to have your password saved on your console, you will be prompted to enter your “Microsoft account password.” Instead of entering your MSA password, you’ll need to enter an App password.

Here is how to gett an App password:

  1. Log in to https://account.live.com
  2. Click on “Security info” under “Overview”
  3. Click on “Create a new app password” under “App passwords”
  4. Enter your app password in the password field

Xbox LIVE App password prompt

Getting an App password for Xbox LIVE account

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