The Windows Live ID Team has just release a new feature called Linked IDs.
Many people like to represent themselves differently in different situations.We've noticed that users frequently fill this need by creating multiple online identities or personas with different accounts, both on the same and different services. Multiple accounts previously meant you needed to sign out and sign in with a different Live ID again to switch to a new account persona, but the new linked ID features will make this persona switching much simpler now.
Linking together multiple Windows Live IDs allows you to easily switch between identities across a range of services, so that you only have to log in once to access different services using your different alter-egos.
The guys at LiveSide.net have looked at the new features in more detail:
The common header rocks. The only thing I hate about it is the over-excited happy "look at me I'm a search bar with a green button next to it", and the redundant button to Home / Hotmail / Spaces / OneCare, it's already in the jewel menu.
The jewel menu and account dropdown's rock. Too bad my.live.com hasn't been updated yet
What do you mean with this post? As far as I know, you can just link your accounts from account.live.com. If you can't, please contact support about it as this forum is aimed at developers, not end-users.
The linked in feature doesnt work properly. I had 2 of my hotmail accounts linked and i access mails from both the accounts using one account id. The bummer is that all my emails from one account got deleted due to this. Even though i check emails from both the accounts regularly the system think i am not using one of the accounts and it deleted the emails due to inactivity. So overall whats this means is log into both ur accounts once in a while else u will loose ur data
I have noticed a bug where while I'm under my hotmail, I cannot see other linked ID's in the list where I can switch accounts from. This happens in two out of four ID's I have linked. If I switch to the Home or Spaces tab, I can see the all four accounts in the drop down list from any of my four accounts. However, when I switch to the hotmail tab, in one of my accounts I can't see any of the ID's in the drop down list to switch accounts. In another, I can only see one other ID besides the one I'm currently signed in to. Again, this only happens in the hotmail tab and on two of my four accounts that are linked.
I had this exact same problem about two weeks ago when I linked two of my IDs, so not sure linked id feature has been fixed at all. All the new e-mails in one account just disappeared, so it doesn't look like it's been resolved to me. As soon as I unlinked them all was back to normal.
So I'll steer clear of linking accounts together, as it has caused me a right hassle. It's a shame as it would've been useful to be able to log into more than one account at once.
I doubt very much you will be affected since I've used the Live Id Authentication SDK while having multiple Linked Ids - and, indeed, used several of them in testing. I think the best way to view Linked Ids is as a convenience for users of online Windows Live Service.
Maybe you can help me. Well I hope you can at least. I have a msn.com account and a hotmail.com account... I "linked" them together but I still have to sign out of each account to check each mail. How is this "linked" system suppose to
work? It says they are linked but under folders there isn't anything different and the lame description do not tell you exactly how you are to switch between accounts when you set it up. ie "there will be a new link located..."
I have a few linked accounts, but am unable to link another. I get the error "Your Windows Live ID cannot be linked because this feature is not available for your account type."
What type of accounts are NOT linkable? I will say it's possible the account that cannot be linked to was supposed to be a child account that I created, but I would think that it would be easier to link to if anything.
What are my options? I'd prefer to just change the account type, but changing it if it is possible was not intuitive.
If I have to delete and recreate the account I'd like to keep the same email address, how long would I have to wait before the username becomes available?
I get exactly the same response, (as ThisUsername) from a Windows Live address which I want to add to the list of three other linked Id's. I don't get it when doing the same thing from either of the other three, but it does say that three is the maximum
number of Linked ID's. Odd situation. I've tried the Fixit solution.