, posted: 24-Oct-2007 08:14
I was browsing around my usual blog sites and came across this cool new feature brought out by Microsoft for their Windows Live ID.
What it does is by allowing you to link all your Windows Live IDs that you may have been using for different sites or different reasons (like the GeekzoneMail
- which is Windows Live enabled), allowing you to switch between different IDs without signing-out-signing-in again. One ID to rule them all.
Though this will bring two problems - Security and Annoyance:
1) reduces the security - since with single password, which gives you access to other linked IDs - to add/remove. So the security is as strong as the weakest password in one of your IDs;
2) some sites may enforces strong password requirement which may not work until you change password to match the same level of complexity. Which some sites reported that, it may trigger password change in all IDs. Changing an ID's password will not affect the password for other ID as they all are individual, yet linked for convenient reason.
How does it work? Imagine you have linked your geekzonemail.com ID to your other Windows Live ID, and you sign in to Hotmail using your normal ID, then decided to switch over to @geekzonemail.com account to see what email you've got. All you go to do is look at the top right corner of the page (where the account/user info may be displayed) click on the dropdown arrow and select the other ID and switch.
So far I've tried with IE7
, there are some reporting that there's no Firefox supports yet
I had a check with Firefox 18.104.22.168 and the Windows Live IDs are available in the dropdown box when logged in to Windows Live services.
Added some screenshots. Screenshots are taken from Firefox 22.214.171.124 (using Cropper
Linked IDs can be added/removed from Windows Live Account (https://account.live.com/)
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