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Microsoft killing linked accounts for aliases

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    64-bit Windows 10

    Microsoft killing linked accounts for aliases

    Microsoft has long supported a linked accounts feature for its Hotmail and service, allowing users to simply switch between Microsoft Accounts without having to enter passwords. The feature was originally introduced in 2006, but Microsoft says it plans to stop supporting it over the next couple of months.

    Microsoft blames security for the change of heart, noting that users would often keep their primary account password up-to-date, but failed to regularly change the password on associated accounts. The software maker found that malicious users have been compromising secondary accounts to get access to a full primary account.
    Read more at: Microsoft killing off linked accounts feature in favor of aliases | The Verge

    See also: How to Turn "Two-step Verification" On or Off for your Microsoft Account

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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7

    When are they going to do this? I just added some Aliases, but my original linked account is still there, I've had it since 1997. Some dope stole my "XweAponX" alias. Usually everywhere on the net you see "XweAponX it's me, heh.
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    windows 7

    Ah that's a shame, I have 3 linked accounts... switching was easy, now it's going to be a pain in the butt
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    My Mail accounts have been switched over to OUTLOOK!
    No longer can I just open a Word Doc attachment & print it!
    It wants to have me choose all kinds of options, Cloud ETC!

    I have lost control of my COMPUTER! I don't want or use Facebook, Twitter, ETC., ETC!
    I don't want "THE CLOUD" Don't want all the "CLUTTER" in OUTLOOK, Give me back control of what I want on my Computer!

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  5. #5

    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,884
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7

    You don't have to add all of the accounts into Outlook, I've got about 50 email accounts, but I only use five of them, and of those I only have two in Outlook.
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