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What is a Microsoft account?

It starts with an email address and a password that are used to sign in to services such as Outlook.com, Skype, SkyDrive and Xbox Live, as well as devices such as Windows 8 PCs, tablets and phones, and Xbox entertainment systems. If you use an email address and password to sign in to these or other Microsoft services, you already have a Microsoft account.

Why sign in with a Microsoft account?

When you sign in with your Microsoft account to any Microsoft service or device, your experiences are more personal and connected.

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.

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?

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 figure out which account has the information that's most important to you, and sign in with that one.

If you need help deciding, use this helpful wizard that can guide you along.

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 figure out which account has the information that's most important to you, and sign in with that one.

How do I create a Microsoft account?

If you don't have a Microsoft account yet, you can use any email address to create one. If you don't have an email address or don't want to use any of the email addresses you have, we'll help you create a new Outlook.com address that you can use when you sign in to any Microsoft service or a Windows 8 PC, tablet phone or Xbox entertainment system.