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some news on the windows live platform front...now you can link your passport live id accounts!  i like a lot of the windows live services, but one that i've struggled with is live id.  not the concept, but rather the implementation.  it is getting incrementally better day by day and this one change in particular made me happy.

when passport first came out, most got one.  when messenger came out, you used your passport.  then you could create a passport/live id with your own email account (didn't have to be hotmail.com), then there were some changes and you might have had to migrate yours...etc.  you can see where i'm going here -- i have roughly 4 live id accounts.

then you have your corporation, like mine :-) -- sometimes they require registrations from a live id ending in @mycorpdomain.com -- that frustrates me, but oh well.  i basically have two primary live id accounts i use and when i login/out of sites because i may have created sites under one account, etc. -- i would have to lose major context of what i was doing...not anymore!

here's what you do to link your various live id accounts...

1) go to http://account.live.com and login with your preferred live id

after you login you'll see the summary page and on it you should see the "Linked Windows Live IDs" section:

2) click on the 'Manage Linked IDs' and you should see:

3) click on the 'Link an existing Windows Live ID' and you'll be asked to confirm your logged in live id password, and then you'll be able to add another Windows Live ID account:

4) once completed you'll see that your accounts are now linked:

great, so now what? well when you go to a live id-enabled site you'll be able to switch identities immediately on that site without having to logout/login to a different windows live id...you'll be instantly changed on the same site...that is awesome.

so go link your most used windows live ids!  thanks windows live team!

10/28/2007 5:49 PM | # re: windows live ids -- now you can link them
NICE!!!! Thanks for this heads up dude!
10/30/2007 9:13 PM | # re: windows live ids -- now you can link them
thanks for the info:)
4/7/2008 8:43 PM | # re: windows live ids -- now you can link them
6/8/2008 9:31 PM | # re: windows live ids -- now you can link them
Thanks for the refresher info. I thought I was able to do this but forgot where I saw it.
Thanks Again!
9/23/2008 9:06 AM | # re: windows live ids -- now you can link them
Thanks for the info. I was wondering, is it possible to have the windows live messenger buddies shared between two linked windows live ids?

I signed out of my main id and into my secondary, but had no contacts showing up. If I'm signed into my main id and somebody tries to add me on my secondary, will I see it? I've been googling for an answer but haven't been able to find anything.

10/4/2008 2:00 PM | # new query : How many Windows Live ID i can link with a single ID.
Hello friends,

I want to know that how many Windows Live ID, I can link with my existing Windows Live ID. if you know then reply asap.

12/30/2008 9:54 PM | # re: windows live ids -- now you can link them
I was able to link the above email but I can't now. Help please
1/15/2009 8:48 PM | # re: windows live ids -- now you can link them
on my computer, i am not able to access my linked ids anymore. this has been so for 2 weeks now. however, when i am on hotmail.com on any other computer, i am able to access my linked accounts just fine. i am also able to still access them on my phone. does my computer have a bug that can be fixed? i dont know waht to do.
2/24/2009 12:08 AM | # re: windows live ids -- now you can link them
Doesn't seem to work in Office Live Small Business yet. One more thing to put on the wishlist then...
5/21/2009 6:29 AM | # re: windows live ids -- now you can link them
This works fine across most services, but I find my profiles in MSDN forums are not consolidated. That's a heartbreak!! Any workaround?
11/10/2010 3:54 PM | # re: windows live ids -- now you can link them
Thank you for sharing! After linking a couple of our accounts together we are unable to view our listings in both accounts, only the account we are logged into. Also, do you know if there a limit to the amount of accounts you can link together?

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