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Create a free Microsoft account for email and other services.

What is a Microsoft account?

Your Microsoft account is what you use for almost everything you do with Microsoft devices and services. With one sign in, you can use Skype, use your Office 365 subscription; buy games, music and films from our participating stores; and access all of your photos, videos and documents on OneDrive. Your account consists of an email and password, plus your profile info, privacy settings, communications preferences, and your billing and payment details.

Here are just a few of the benefits of using a Microsoft account: Your settings, address book and documents can follow you to any device, you can get millions of free streaming songs, unlock a world of apps and get the power of gaming right on your desktop.

Why sign in with a Microsoft account?

Want photos to follow you from your phone to your laptop or tablet? Sign in to OneDrive with the same Microsoft account and voilà!

No matter where you’re signed in, your files, contacts and settings are with you and available when you need them. And, if you use Skype, OneDrive, Windows 8, Office 365, Xbox Live, Outlook.com or a Windows Phone, you already have a Microsoft account.

Use your Microsoft account for all your Microsoft services, including Skype, Outlook.com, Hotmail and Xbox Live.

Enhanced security, privacy and convenience

Enjoy a more secure account.

Enhanced safeguards help protect you and your info.

Use your Microsoft account to store online payment information.

It's easy to add or edit payment methods, and renew or cancel subscriptions.

Use your Microsoft account to track your purchase history.

Conveniently track your purchases and subscriptions.

Enhanced security, privacy and convenience

Enhanced safeguards help protect you and your information. It's easy to add or edit payment methods, and renew or cancel subscriptions. Conveniently track your purchase history and subscriptions.

What if I have more than one Microsoft account?

Create a Microsoft account with your Live.com, Hotmail, Gmail or other email address.

We can help you choose which Microsoft account you’d like to use for your single sign-in.

The wizard can help you choose which account to use as your Microsoft account.

It’s best to use the account that has the info that's most important to you, and sign in with that one.

Let this wizard help you choose your Microsoft account.

If you’re not sure, we can ask you a few questions that will help you decide.

What if I have more than one Microsoft account?

If you have more than one Microsoft account, you'll need to decide which is the best one to use moving forward. So you'll want to work out which account has the information that's most important to you, and sign in with that one.

Create a Microsoft account with any email address and password.

How do I create a Microsoft account?

Visit the sign-up page, provide an email address (and just a bit more information to verify it is you) and create a password. That’s it! You can use an email address that you already have or start again with a new one.