First Microsoft account web images surface

There isn't much to go on at the moment, but our anonymous tip off has sent in four images that clearly show a totally unsurprising move from Windows Live ID to Microsoft account being tested somewhere online or internally at Redmond.

This would bring the way Windows 8 users setup Microsoft linked accounts in-line with the web services as well.

Check out the screenshots below and the gallery for the full size images.


Signing into your Microsoft Account


and SkyDrive too..

The two additional screenshots in the gallery linked below show the new password reset screen for a Microsoft account, with a hint of Metro thrown in.

We'll be keeping an eye out for anymore changes, but for now most will have to be content with using a Windows Live ID to sign in to Microsoft services.

Source: Email tip

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How many name changes have we had now?

Passport
.NET
.NET Passport (or were these always separate?)
Windows Live
Live
"Account"

tsh2000 said,
How many name changes have we had now?

Passport
.NET
.NET Passport (or were these always separate?)
Windows Live
Live
"Account"

.Mac
MobileMe
iCloud

SkyDrive, Clouds blah blah.. Why don't you guys just make copies of your HDD's and send it to the CIA's headquarters yourself and the NSA and FBI while you are at it.. You can get their address's online.

It's not "Microsoft Account" like you keep saying. It's just "Microsoft account" (little "a"). As in, you have an account with Microsoft.

You don't talk about your Facebook Account, or your Gmail Account, and you don't call your credit card account your Mastercard Account.

Please Stop Capitalizing The A. It Looks Weird.

JonathanMarston said,
It's not "Microsoft Account" like you keep saying. It's just "Microsoft account" (little "a"). As in, you have an account with Microsoft.

You don't talk about your Facebook Account, or your Gmail Account, and you don't call your credit card account your Mastercard Account.

Please Stop Capitalizing The A. It Looks Weird.


This problem wouldn't exist in German language haha, I adore the capitalization rules in English grammar.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

This problem wouldn't exist in German language haha, I adore the capitalization rules in English grammar.

GS:mac

It's pretty simple, really. The author of the article is treating the term "Microsoft account" like a proper noun, when in fact "account" is just a plain old noun and "Microsoft" is a proper noun used as an adjective; stated to communicate what type of account you are referring to.

The only way it would be "Microsoft Account" is if Microsoft had trademarked it or something, and made it the "official" name of the entity that is your account with Microsoft. They didn't. The very point of the name change is that your account with Microsoft no longer has a name. It's just your Microsoft account. Just like you have a Twitter account and not a Twitter Account.

JonathanMarston said,

It's pretty simple, really. The author of the article is treating the term "Microsoft account" like a proper noun, when in fact "account" is just a plain old noun and "Microsoft" is a proper noun used as an adjective; stated to communicate what type of account you are referring to.

The only way it would be "Microsoft Account" is if Microsoft had trademarked it or something, and made it the "official" name of the entity that is your account with Microsoft. They didn't. The very point of the name change is that your account with Microsoft no longer has a name. It's just your Microsoft account. Just like you have a Twitter account and not a Twitter Account.


You tell me this why? ^_^

GS:mac

cybertimber2008 said,
Screenshot shows that you can create an account and get 25GB of SkyDrive storage. Eh?!

As soon as MS announced the changes in SkyDrive everybody who already had an account was grandfathered with 25 GB; not really sure because I was one of those but I think they also offered/ are still offering 25 GB to new customers as well.

xpclient said,
Tell me a product with Metro which is a success.

Xbox. Granted it existed prior to Metro, Xbox doesn't appear to be losing any steam. So it's not hurting it. MS has years of cute rounded bubbly icons to overcome. Give it some more time.

xpclient said,
Tell me a product with Metro which is a success.

Tell me how many people are aware of what Windows Phone and the Zune software offer

Jason Stillion said,

Zune, one of the 1st product / 1st versions of the metro UI direction.


MS didn't really regard the Zune as a success, did they?

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

MS didn't really regard the Zune as a success, did they?

GS:mac


I doubt it. Compared to the iPod and iTunes, I don't deem Zune or the Zune software to be successful, in terms of market share.

Calum said,

Tell me how many people are aware of what Windows Phone and the Zune software offer

Just a matter of personal preferences but IMO Media Player is by far better and powerful than Zune.

Fritzly said,

Just a matter of personal preferences but IMO Media Player is by far better and powerful than Zune.


Never bothered with Zune, but Media Player got dumbed down so much, it's ridiculous.

GS:mac

I'm still waiting for the new Bing homepage with the full image background and no bland rainy day color scheme.

Like how I can see a hint of Metro in the style of the buttons and text boxes. I really like the direction Microsoft are going with Metro and using it across all their products and services. Looking forward to Microsoft this year and next hopefully with next-gen Xbox, WP8, Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 15.

The changes are really minimal. A new blue sign in button, a little bigger text boxes... that's it. To compare: login.live.com

Ben Dyson said,
Like how I can see a hint of Metro in the style of the buttons....

Likely it is being used on a Windows 8 system thats why.

thekim said,
The changes are really minimal. A new blue sign in button, a little bigger text boxes... that's it. To compare: login.live.com

I know they're minimal but at least its a start...

Mr. Dee said,

Likely it is being used on a Windows 8 system thats why.


The style looks more like the style of the website rather than the system IMO but could be wrong...

thekim said,
The changes are really minimal. A new blue sign in button, a little bigger text boxes... that's it. To compare: login.live.com
There are also minors changes like the icons, the text size,... . Only the layout is the same

Drossel said,
Everything is going to "click" when MS releases Windows 8.

+1 With Microsoft unifying all theirs product using Metro, once Windows 8 is released, their will be a consistent feel and branding for customers.

Ben Dyson said,

+1 With Microsoft unifying all theirs product using Metro, once Windows 8 is released, their will be a consistent feel and branding for customers.

I am not so optimist. Unless Microsoft allow users to migrate their Accounts (for billing purposes) to other countries, in particular within the EU.

After over 6 months engaging with Microsoft, I had to file a complain with the Data Protection commissioner in order to force them to migrate my account. While my case is an "isolated" one (I signed to the XBOX Live when I was living in country 1, now I want to migrate my account to country 2 since I live there) this issue will be, far, FAR greater for users of Windows. It is all at: http://www.itisourdata.com

pmdci said,

I am not so optimist. Unless Microsoft allow users to migrate their Accounts (for billing purposes) to other countries, in particular within the EU.

After over 6 months engaging with Microsoft, I had to file a complain with the Data Protection commissioner in order to force them to migrate my account. While my case is an "isolated" one (I signed to the XBOX Live when I was living in country 1, now I want to migrate my account to country 2 since I live there) this issue will be, far, FAR greater for users of Windows. It is all at: http://www.itisourdata.com

Very true; this trend to lock people , and their accounts, DVDs, games etc. to a Region is just a scam to squeeze more money from users.

pmdci said,
I am not so optimist. Unless Microsoft allow users to migrate their Accounts (for billing purposes) to other countries, in particular within the EU.

After over 6 months engaging with Microsoft, I had to file a complain with the Data Protection commissioner in order to force them to migrate my account. While my case is an "isolated" one (I signed to the XBOX Live when I was living in country 1, now I want to migrate my account to country 2 since I live there) this issue will be, far, FAR greater for users of Windows. It is all at: http://www.itisourdata.com


As much as I agree this is a problem. In context, it's a very small one. I doubt there are too many ppl that have found themselves in your situtation when compared to the entire user base.

Drossel said,
Everything is going to "click" when MS releases Windows 8.

now they just need to get rid of the awful icons for things like messenger and hotmail. Those little gold swirls need to go away, on skydrive too.