Recently, Microsoft Corporation declared in a press conference that it would remove the linked accounts on Outlook.com to offer a flourishing platform for email aliases.
Email aliases are the simple forwarding email addresses that can be created on a Mail server. After the Outlook setting is done with the email alias, it can be used for sending and receiving emails on Outlook.com. Linked accounts, on the other hand, are the third party email accounts that are linked to the primary Microsoft account. Setting up of such accounts allows users to use the email addresses from other providers like Gmail, Yahoo mail, or other personal accounts, and access Outlook.com.
This feature is quite helpful for users as they can sign in to Outlook.com using any of the linked account id, instead of using the primary email address of the Microsoft account. However, this makes it more important to keep the account information of each email account safe and up to date, and protect them from hackers. On the contrary, email aliases cannot be used to sign in to the Microsoft account, and cannot be used for authentication as well, while still being useful for sending or receiving mails through Outlook.com.
Microsoft Account Group Program Manager, Eric Doerr said that the company would begin the unlinking process by the end of second quarter this year, and would send an email to inform about the change to all users, who use linked accounts to access Outlook.com. It may be required to set up aliases in order to merge email accounts and use the secondary email addresses to send or receive mails. Follow the below given steps to alter the Outlook setting and add email aliases.
- Go to the Outlook.com web page and log in to your Microsoft account.
- Select your account name from the upper right corner of the window, and click on Account Settings from the resulting menu.
- Opt for Account Aliases from the list on the right side. You can find all the current aliases listed there. Make necessary alterations, like removing an existing account from the list, or click on the Add Alias option to insert a new one.
- At present, the upper limit for email aliases in Microsoft Accounts is up to a maximum of 10 accounts. However, all aliases share a common password to sign in to your Microsoft Account, which is the password of the primary account, and not of the secondary email account.
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