Microsoft to allow any Microsoft Account alias be primary alias

Microsoft announced in April that it had added alias support to Outlook.com and Microsoft Accounts, allowing users of the email service to sign on with any alias linked to the account. However, one of them had to be set up as the primary alias and once that was done it could not be changed.

Today, Microsoft has made yet another adjustment to its Microsoft Account policies and will now allow users to turn any of their aliases into their primary alias. In a post on the Outlook blog, Microsoft says:

We've also made it clearer why you might want to do this (and why you might not). Now that you can sign in with any alias, really the only reason to make a different alias your primary one is if you want a different email name to show on your Microsoft devices, like the background of your Xbox or your Windows 8 PC.

This new change should allow Outlook.com and Microsoft Account owners a way to change their primary email address quickly in case they get a new job, move to a new location or have some other event that might necessitate dumping an old email address. Account holders can simply go to account.live.com site and select the "Account aliases" option in the menu to begin the process.

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Although maybe not how you mean but I have a personal domain set up on Outlook.com to send and receive from - properly as well through my own SMTP servers to get rid of the "on behalf of" showing.

Allow us to merge accounts please. I'd like to get rid of my hotmail account, by merging it to my outlook.com account. I never use it for anything except to login to SkyDrive and MSDN. The 25GB SkyDrive is nice, I need to access my MSDN subscription.

This still doesn't help me... My current primary email is an msn address, and I also have an outlook account. I want to merge the two accounts and use the outlook account as my primary. This is still not possible apparently

I would want to know definitively whether doing so would effect the free 13 GB of SkyDrive storage I got, and whether I would have to reload my 920 as well. I remember renaming the account before would have caused issues with these areas.

If not, I'll be happy to switch my primary alias to my @outlook.com.

Doesn't appear to work for me at the moment:

"You can't add an alias with the domain hotmail.com. Try an email address that has a different domain."

What i would really like is the ability to merge two Windows Live accounts and select what you wish to keep from each. My 11 year old Hotmail account has a 25gb Skydrive and one or two random other things associated with it. However my Windows Live account at my own domain has an Office 365 subscription and Xbox Live account associated with it.

InsaneNutter said,
Doesn't appear to work for me at the moment:

"You can't add an alias with the domain hotmail.com. Try an email address that has a different domain."

What i would really like is the ability to merge two Windows Live accounts and select what you wish to keep from each. My 11 year old Hotmail account has a 25gb Skydrive and one or two random other things associated with it. However my Windows Live account at my own domain has an Office 365 subscription and Xbox Live account associated with it.

They had that in a fashion with linked accounts. Until they dropped it.

Stupid dropping of linked accounts. I have some addresses setup through domains.live.com, which hasn't been working properly for almost 2 years now and I don't have the login to 2 previously linked accounts and I can't reset it through the admin panel of live domains.... sigh.

Thanks but I haven't been able to login to Live Domains at all for ~2 years now.
Just tried it again. Sign In button just brings me right back to the same page.
Maybe should write a topic on answers.microsoft.com myself soon.
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Hehe, the Link Accounts is even still there in the menu

EDIT: Few random tries later and it worked... weird.

Aergan said,

They had that in a fashion with linked accounts. Until they dropped it.

Indeed i used to use that, however the experience wasn't that great. For example before visiting xbox.com i had to first go to outlook and switch to the account which is associated with my live profile. If i didn't do that first xbox.com would just ask to create a new profile, not giving the option to use my existing profile on the linked account.

InsaneNutter said,

Indeed i used to use that, however the experience wasn't that great. For example before visiting xbox.com i had to first go to outlook and switch to the account which is associated with my live profile. If i didn't do that first xbox.com would just ask to create a new profile, not giving the option to use my existing profile on the linked account.

I don't think it was finished plus Xbox account is a separate entity compared to your live account. It's like how two wrong turns on MSDN/TechNet can leave you in pre-Live era Microsoft or even Pre-MSN for some resources.