" is the new name for what used to be called a "Windows Live ID." Your Microsoft account is the combination of an email address and a password that you use to sign in to services like Hotmail
, Windows Phone
, Xbox LIVE
, Office Live
, and Outlook.com
. You can also use a Microsoft account to sign in to any PC running Windows 8
, access files and photos anywhere, sync settings
, and more in Windows 8.
If you no longer want or need your Microsoft account, then this tutorial will show you how to close
your Microsoft account
to delete your account information, including your ID and password, your registered information, and your contacts. After you delete an account, you can't use that Microsoft account anymore to sign in to Window 8 and Microsoft products and services.