Microsoft launches one stop Your Account web page

Microsoft has a ton of different businesses and services and many of those divisions have their own account features. Services like Windows Phone, Xbox and Zune offer downloadable content and software for sale while Hotmail and Microsoft Office have their own paid options. Now Microsoft has launched a new web site, Microsoft Your Account, that brings all of those payment options under one roof.

The web site (spotted at Within Windows) allows users to see the purchase history for their various products. For example it will let you see if you have bought an Xbox Live Gold subscription. You can also update your accounts with new details or make changes such as deleting an expired credit card number.

This new account page would seem to confirm that Microsoft is moving toward having users of all Microsoft products be under one unified payment system. It would also seem to confirm that Microsoft might be moving away from its Microsoft Points system for its Xbox 360 and Zune division, as previously rumored.

Microsoft could reveal more details of this new account system in the coming months, and we wouldn't be surprised if paying for Windows 8 Metro apps via the Microsoft Store was a part of those plans.

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Looks clean and easy to use. Surprising that they can come up with something that's easy to use and understand upon first use.

And Google have had all of your account information in one place which you can easily control for years, but I guess that nobody mentions this because Neowin has become so anti-Google recently, and we wouldn't want to face realities that Google have always let you control your privacy and account information very easily would we.

Simon- said,
And Google have had all of your account information in one place which you can easily control for years [...] let you control your privacy and account information very easily would we.

Actually is the place where Google (and not you) can control better your information...

Chrono951 said,
I don't like how it only shows the number of MS points per transaction, not if they were added or deducted.

I think they're eventually getting rid of MS points.

what they need to address though, is the multiple id situation. I have a live id I use for my MS partner profile and one for personal. I'm assuming others have similar setups seeing as you can link ID's (its a limited linkage, and you can't designate (afaik) one account as the main billing account.

I use multiple services and some are business related (CRM, 365 etc) and some are personal (Xbox live, Zune etc). What would be cool if I could login with one account, have multiple ID's and multiple payment options I could use for multiple services.

I love this new MS direction, so much more than a new OS release, its like a total new lease of life for the whole company (please remember we're looking at the start/beta whatever of this change).

I found the site incredibly clean and easy to use. I don't need gradients and glossy buttons with flashing lights and sound effects to manage my account.

Enron said,
I found the site incredibly clean and easy to use. I don't need gradients and glossy buttons with flashing lights and sound effects to manage my account.

+1

Matthew_Thepc said,
Hmmm....nice
Though one thing I've noticed -all my Zune purchases show an Xbox logo next to them O:

Hm, well, that certainly seems to back up what Tom Warren has been saying for a while about Zune services being placed under the Xbox Live umbrella in future

Matthew_Thepc said,
Hmmm....nice
Though one thing I've noticed -all my Zune purchases show an Xbox logo next to them O:

and my xbox purchases are showing up as zune purchases...

See told ya Zune isn't going anywhere... people are so quick to jump on those stupid rumours. Zune is here to stay... maybe not in the same way, but it's still here as a service... as it should be.

This Your Account page shows that they're getting rid of Windows Live though, which is not a problem since all their products and services are in the "cloud" now everything is "live".

j2006 said,
See told ya Zune isn't going anywhere... people are so quick to jump on those stupid rumours. Zune is here to stay... maybe not in the same way, but it's still here as a service... as it should be.

This Your Account page shows that they're getting rid of Windows Live though, which is not a problem since all their products and services are in the "cloud" now everything is "live".

It can be updated. I mean it still shows Windows Live Hotmail... when it's Microsoft Hotmail.

j2006 said,
See told ya Zune isn't going anywhere... people are so quick to jump on those stupid rumours. Zune is here to stay... maybe not in the same way, but it's still here as a service... as it should be.

This Your Account page shows that they're getting rid of Windows Live though, which is not a problem since all their products and services are in the "cloud" now everything is "live".

I guess you failed to see the old Office logo, and Windows Live Hotmail instead of Microsoft Hotmail. No one said Zune services are dead, just the branding.

j2006 said,
See told ya Zune isn't going anywhere... people are so quick to jump on those stupid rumours. Zune is here to stay... maybe not in the same way, but it's still here as a service... as it should be.

This Your Account page shows that they're getting rid of Windows Live though, which is not a problem since all their products and services are in the "cloud" now everything is "live".


correct. they may call it something else but the service is a really critical part of everything they do. they sell a ton of content and a content platform integrated across all devices is something they worked to hard to achieve to just throw it away.

tomwarren said,

I guess you failed to see the old Office logo, and Windows Live Hotmail instead of Microsoft Hotmail. No one said Zune services are dead, just the branding.

Heeeey tom! I miss Winrumors. :-(

tomwarren said,

I guess you failed to see the old Office logo, and Windows Live Hotmail instead of Microsoft Hotmail. No one said Zune services are dead, just the branding.


Hi tom

As noted before, it still calls it Windows Live Hotmail instead of Microsoft Hotmail, Zune is still there (for now), and if you have no billing and log in... It links you to get.msn.com... which offers you MSN Premium. That browser years ago which was basically MSN built in.