What is a Microsoft Account? Do I need one?

You have probably heard the term “Microsoft Account” at some point. But, what is it? Do you really need one? Keep reading to get the answers and find out how a Microsoft Account can help you.

The Basics of a Microsoft Account

A Microsoft Account is the online account you have with Microsoft. Most websites and services operated by Microsoft allow you to sign in using the same account – your Microsoft Account.

Microsoft Account Sign On Page

Microsoft Account Sign On Page

These sites and services include:

  • Bing
  • Office
  • Outlook.com
  • Hotmail
  • MSN
  • Windows 10
  • OneDrive

In this article, we’ll focus on one main use and how this can help you.

Windows 10, Your Microsoft Account, and You

If you have setup a Windows computer lately, you probably noticed the section that asked you to sign into your computer using a Microsoft Account. Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn’t clearly explain the benefits of doing so. A lot of information and settings are saved to your account and synchronized across all devices that are signed into that account.

Windows Settings

Your wallpaper, profile picture, and other Windows settings automatically synchronize when you sign in with your online account. Other settings that are synced are wifi networks that you’ve connected to and language preferences.

Passwords

Any passwords that you have saved on your computer are also synchronized. Additionally, your computer password will be the same as your Microsoft Account password. This makes password resets easier, in case you forget. Simply log into a Microsoft website from another device and follow the password recovery steps presented.

This feature also allows you to automatically sign into Microsoft websites and applications like Bing and the Windows Store app.

Pick Up Where You Left Off

Microsoft has implemented features in Windows 10 to help you pick up where you left off on another computer. If both computers are signed into the same account, you can continue your work in Edge and some other Microsoft apps. Your computer will automatically prompt you when this option is available. As Microsoft adds more functionality to Windows with updates, this feature will be further developed to include apps other than Edge.

Summary

Do you need to have a Microsoft Account? No, but you will likely create one at some point if you use any Microsoft products.

Microsoft is continually adding more features to Windows 10 that make signing in with your account more appealing. If you link your computer account with your online account, you can always go back if you decide you don’t like it. So why not try it out?

If you have questions or would like TekStop to help you link your MS Account to your computer, give us a call! We would love to hear from you.

In addition to offering computer training, our services also include other tech support like computer repair, network support, and smartphone repair in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and the surrounding area.

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