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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  • Tom Parker

    Let me merge my old MSN.com account so I can just have the one mailbox thats all I ask!

    • Anon

      You can set up forwarding in your old mailbox.

      • Tom Parker

        Still have to log into it once in a while to keep it active. I’ve setup forwarding for now but i just want to get rid of my msn.com address now.

  • Sadjad Bahmanpour

    Is there a way, I can move an outlook.com account as an Alias under another account

    • LethalTexas

      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.

  • Ron Houet

    I have the same question. Now you have to give up the old account, hope for 1 year no-one hijacks the address, and then you can add that alias to you other account. Come on Microsoft, you can do better. Even now you have announced that linked mailboxes will be discontinued!

  • Corey

    Oh wonderful, another “if it’s not broken let’s break it!” from Microsoft.

  • http://erictayet.wordpress.com/ Eric Tay

    As long as this Alias thing is as convenient as Linked Account I don’t mind because setting up 2-step verification for your MS Account forces you to delink it from all your other accounts.

  • Eric

    Microsoft is becoming the ultimate fucking-up-expert. Why are they making this decision for me?!? Just tell me it is not save to link accounts and let me click “yes” if I am willing to take that risk.

    Anybody any advice about other services that do let you link accounts and let you watch them per account?

  • Wine

    I wish they would fix the subject line nonsense when trying to send an email.

  • MrGrim

    How about. DONT MESS WITH MY LINKED ACCOUNTS. the way i have it right now. is PERFECT for me. don’t fucking screw it up. Don’t FORCE people into something they don’t want. i always keep saying hotmail (and now outlook) is great. but if this is going to happen. i rather switch everything over to something else.