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Windows 8 offers Live ID user logins

Easier access to Microsoft’s OS and apps
Tue Sep 27 2011, 10:29

SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft is offering Live ID users the ability to sign into Windows 8 using their logins.

The firm bragged about the feature, explaining that it was letting its users set up and use their computers in a way that is unique to them. If that floats your boat then enjoy the fact that Microsoft will let you log in to your own computer even when you are in a multi-PC environment.

This means that you could hop from machine to machine while taking your Windows experience with you. What fun.

"We know that shared PC usage is common and we've heard from many of you that switching between multiple accounts can be cumbersome," wrote Microsoft's Katie Frigon. "In Windows 8, we have set out to ensure that each PC user has a truly personal experience that seamlessly bridges their online and offline tasks, is simpler to set up and use, and persists across their set of Windows 8 PCs."

Logging into Windows 8 with Live ID is optional and works for devices, apps, and services. Frigon said that it will save some Windows settings and sign-ins, for example, and will automatically log any users into any applications that require those credentials, like Hotmail or Messaging, for example.

New Windows 8 users will be asked whether they want to associate a Live ID account with their PC or whether they want to create a new one. If you choose to set up a new account you can use whatever email address you want and create a unique password for Windows 8.

"Like all of us, you probably spend a significant amount of time personalizing your Windows experience to reflect your style, your life, and how you use your PC. We all know how frustrating it is when all that work is lost when you buy a new PC or use a different one (or just reformat your hard drive)," added Frigon.

Logging in this way will save settings including lock screen picture, desktop background, user tile, browser favorites and history, spell check dictionaries, Explorer settings, mouse settings, and accessibility settings, she explained, and are kept synchronised.

Support extends to Metro applications, those designed to serve Microsoft's tablet-esque user-interface.

"By using your ID to sign in to Windows, the settings and state for your Metro style apps stay in sync between each PC you use. For example, let's say you are reading the news in a reader app on your tablet," added the Microsoft blogger.

"If you add specific feeds you want to continue to follow, those feeds could automatically be available in the same reader app on any of your other Windows 8 PCs. We will also enable developers to build Metro style apps that tell Windows their state, so you can pick up where you left off as you move between PCs."

Some default settings are offered and these are expected to help security and privacy. Frigon added that the user maintains control over their data, and is always asked when and where they want to sync.

"That way, you can decide if things like your web history, favorites, or credentials should sync to your work machine, or if you'd prefer to keep those or anything else that is synced only on your personal machines," she explained.

"It's important to note that credentials that are entered and stored on a domain-joined machine do not get uploaded to the cloud, and never get synced to your other PCs - this ensures that corporate credentials stay on the PCs that are managed by the IT admin," she added. µ


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