In this post, I’ll show you how to link more than one Windows Live ID for fast and easy switching from one account to another. I have two Live IDs and some others I manage. It is so nice to be able to switch from one account to another to check on something or complete a task without having to sign out and sign in again. With the Windows Live ID linking, you sign in once and manage all the accounts you’ve set up.
I’ve blogged recently about some of the new Microsoft Live Wave 4 services. You can get the Live Essentials Wave 4 here. But you don’t have to have it to do the linked IDs.
To get started, go to home.live.com and sign in with one of your Windows IDs. Then at the upper right of the screen, click on your name and you’ll see a drop down – select ‘Options’. You’ll then be taken to the screen you see here with all your options. Of course you’ll want to select ‘Linked IDs’
Next, you’ll see the Manage linked IDs and you’ll click on the ‘add linked ID’ and then simply fill in your information, accept the terms, if you haven’t already, and you’re up and running.
Now that you have all your IDs set up, in order to switch, simply click on your name in the upper right part of the screen, you’ll see a drop down with all your IDs listed, simply roll down and select one of them and you’ve just switched accounts – painlessly.
Upgrade Your Live/Hotmail Email Account
Many people don’t know there’s an option to get ad-free mail. I just upgraded my account – it’s $19.99/year and with it you get:
- 10GB of total Windows Live Mail space
- ability to send larger attachments
- account is exempt from expiration policy
- no ads!
It seemed to me that the ads had gotten larger and more intrusive, so decided to do the upgrade. Here’s the link if you’d like to upgrade.