Yesterday, Microsoft announced that they will be doing away with “linked accounts”
, the method of being able to switch from one account to another in Outlook.com without having to re-enter your login credentials. In reading through the comments on our post announcing the upcoming changes, what’s apparent is that we seem to all have multiple ways of managing our mail.
Recently, I’ve been trying to ween myself off of Windows Live and to step boldly (or not) into the brave new world of Windows 8. For most of this past year I’ve used Windows 8 as only kind of a “Windows 7 +”, jumping directly into the desktop and staying there, hanging on to Windows Live Mail (and Writer, which I do truly miss), and continuing to do things the old fashioned way. But after a computer refresh, I decided to try and give Windows 8 and its companion apps a go, with some surprisingly positive results.
Like many of you, I have multiple email accounts: a personal msn account, a couple of legacy accounts used mainly for “junk” (one I signed up for in the local library back in 1998, shortly after Microsoft bought HoTMaiL), a number of LiveSide accounts using Windows Live Admin Center
(or Custom Domains, which is still working and available, and has performed admirably for us over the years), and some various other accounts that are connected with various services, including banks, etc. I’ve never been a Gmail guy, so I don’t have much experience with the intracacies of setting up Gmail to work with Windows 8 and Windows Phone, so let us know how you’re dealing with Gmail if you use it.