Linking Windows Live IDs

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As a break from my usual Google-centric coverage, I saw a report at PC World today that tipped me off to a new feature in Microsoft’s Windows Live ID services: linking. Just like the Google Account, which allows you to link accounts at acquired services like YouTube to your existing Google Account, Microsoft has added the ability to link multiple WLIDs, and to switch between them during a session. While Google doesn’t have this switching feature, it’s not really necessary, but the linking also brings single sign-on. That means I can sign in with the Live ID I’ve had since I was twelve and access my Hotmail account, registered only last year (no, I don’t use it; it’s both a backup and insurance against username impersonation). My two accounts are linked, and I’m happy. I’ve been wanting this for months…


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