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Pro & Cons of Sign in to Windows 8 using Microsoft account

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    Pro & Cons of Sign in to Windows 8 using Microsoft account


    what are the pro and cons of signing in to windows using microsoft account

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    I don't know of any real cons,,,,

    The Pro's are numerous....

    Although this really only works in IE.....
    Access to OneDrive without having to log in
    Access to your Address book, Outlook Online and numerous other Office On-line apps without having to log in.

    System stuff....

    Sync Settings and Passwords, themes (colors, backgrounds, etc,) and other things (IE Favorits and Tabs) across devices.
    App Settings, such as a list of apps you have installed from the store.
    So, say you install Solitaire on your Laptop when you are somewhere else
    You come home and want it on your Desktop (or other device)
    Log in, and the icon will be there,, click it and it will install without you having to search for it.
    Some App settings will transfer across devices as well.

    If you use Office 2013, it will stay logged in and you can sync docs, and OneNote across devices as well.

    There might even be other stuff I am not mentioning.

    But soon, as Universal Apps gain momentum and
    now that MS has acquired GreenButton and they will incorporate that tech into Azure
    We will see even more apps and data for MS Devices that will sync Across Devices (WP, xBox, Desktop, Tablet, Laptop).

    These next couple of years are going to be pretty exciting.
    I am actually on board with what MS is doing right now. I was against cloud services,, but for now,, things are fine.
    I would recommend encrypting financial and personal data if you are going to store on OneDrive, DropBox, etc. as in any cloud storage service.

    Not applying it to only MS, but over all in general.
    Keep in mind, that if you work in Word, Excel etc. You do not Have to save it in the cloud
    You can save it on your PC and never touch the cloud.

    There are still some advantages though to being logged in as your Main account.
    OneNote for notes of any kind (such as I use it for recipes, Windows Information, Technical Info) to have it on all my devices.
    Edit/Add once and sync, done.
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    Hello Parashar,

    The pros and cons are subjective per person based on their needs, but the information at the top of the tutorials below for more information about Microsoft accounts to help.

    Microsoft Account - Sign up for and Create - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Microsoft Account - Switch to in Windows 8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
    Keep in mind, that if you work in Word, Excel etc. You do not Have to save it in the cloud
    You can save it on your PC and never touch the cloud.
    is there any disadvantage of storing it on cloud
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    If the cloud server your data is on ever gets hacked, then your data could be stolen or accessed. However, it is pretty secure.
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    Not entirely,,, there are still many questions concerning privacy and who on the other end really has access to your data etc.

    Using proper techniques for ensuring your Privacy, such as encrypting files, is always good if you are going to store that personal data in the cloud

    Using software like TrueCrypt.

    Now, the disadvantage is that it is not as accessible to you either.
    You would have to download your encrypted files, decrypt them, edit them or whatever, and re-encrypt them and upload them again.
    It's a small price to pay for privacy, but it can work.

    I am not aware of any on the fly encryption software that you could incorporate into Office Docs.
    Something I should research myself.....

    But I don't personally store anything private on the cloud at this time.
    Mostly pictures and docs that have no personal info in them.
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    Speaking of privacy, I posted this just few minutes ago on another thread but it looks like it's applicable here too.
    "It looks like M$ is storing those account pictures somewhere on their side. Yesterday I redone windows again, starting from Windows 8 and up to latest updates, safety erase system disk, format, whole kitten caboodle, and as soon as I signed in with M$ account my old picture was back. Wander what else are they keeping there ????
    PS. It's not in the One Drive either. "
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    Someone suggested using zipping for a passworded folder which I thought was a good idea in that it’s passworded and uses less data for OneDrive.

    Here's some alternatives:

    Help protect your files using BitLocker Drive Encryption - Microsoft Windows Help

    Help protect your files with device encryption - Microsoft Windows Help

    How secure is Skydrive compared to its competitors? - Microsoft Community
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Speaking of privacy, I posted this just few minutes ago on another thread but it looks like it's applicable here too.
    "It looks like M$ is storing those account pictures somewhere on their side. Yesterday I redone windows again, starting from Windows 8 and up to latest updates, safety erase system disk, format, whole kitten caboodle, and as soon as I signed in with M$ account my old picture was back. Wander what else are they keeping there ????
    PS. It's not in the One Drive either. "
    I will have to try and find it, but I read that the sync info is stored as part of your OneDrive account but hidden.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Speaking of privacy, I posted this just few minutes ago on another thread but it looks like it's applicable here too.
    "It looks like M$ is storing those account pictures somewhere on their side. Yesterday I redone windows again, starting from Windows 8 and up to latest updates, safety erase system disk, format, whole kitten caboodle, and as soon as I signed in with M$ account my old picture was back. Wander what else are they keeping there ????
    PS. It's not in the One Drive either. "
    I will have to try and find it, but I read that the sync info is stored as part of your OneDrive account but hidden.
    Yep, it is.


    OneDrive - Delete Sync Settings for Windows 8.1 PCs
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