Microsoft To Discontinue Outlook.com Linked Accounts In Favour Of Aliases

Microsoft Outlook team today announced that they are discontinuing the Linked Accounts feature in Outlook.com. Linked Accounts provided a way to quickly switch between different accounts each with their own email address and this will be replaced by Mail forwarding and aliases support.

 

We believe that aliases provide a more robust and secure capability for managing multiple email addresses. You can send and receive email from different addresses and keep it all organized the way you like.  And all of this is tied to a single Microsoft account that has your latest and most up-to-date security info.

A couple years ago, we began the process of delinking linked accounts and encouraging people to move to aliases. We got good feedback about some issues, and have been hard at work fixing these gaps. To give you a smoother transition, we’ve added two new features:

  • Mail forwarding – you can now forward all email from a secondary account to your primary. It’s easy to set up a folder structure to keep email as separate as you like.
  • Send email from another account -you can configure the secondary account as a “send-only” address. When combined with email forwarding, it means you can both receive and send email from that email address, all within your primary Microsoft account.

We’ve also heard from some of you that you’d like to just “move an alias” – move the email address and email from one account to another. We’ve heard you loud and clear. Stay tuned for more about this in the future.

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Source: Outlook blog

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