Your Windows, everywhere

Your Microsoft account is like a portable, personal PC that appears on any Windows 8 device you’re using. Sign in to your Windows 8 device with your Microsoft account and you’re immediately connected to the people, files, and settings you care about. Your PC comes to life with all the things that make Windows yours, including your Start page, themes, language preferences, browsing history, and browser favorites. You can connect your favorite services to your Microsoft account, too—services like Outlook.com, Microsoft Messenger, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and more. And you can immediately get to your photos, docs, and other files, whether they’re on Microsoft SkyDrive, Facebook, Flickr, or other services.

Your Windows everywhere
Sign in and your Windows 8 device becomes yours because your personalization, desktop background, and settings are all there. Whether you set it up once just the way you want it or change it often, when you sign in even a brand-new PC lights up with everything that makes Windows yours. And anyone you share your Windows 8 PC with can have their own personalized, cloud-connected access by signing in with their own Microsoft account. Start a project on one PC, and finish it on another. When you use the cloud to store your information, the boundaries between devices dissolve. Your apps, games, music, photos, files, and settings aren’t stored on one device because they’re in one place: the cloud. Sign in to any of your Windows 8 PCs and access all of your stuff from virtually anywhere.

Connected to your people
Use mail and messaging apps to communicate with all your friends, family, and co-workers. And you won’t need to invite them twice. If you have contacts all over the place, you’re in luck because whether you originally added a contact in Outlook.com, Messenger, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, or some other service, if you choose to connect them, that contact is available in your apps as soon as you sign in to your PC with your Microsoft account. You can have a fully connected address book with the People app. See the people you care about, their updates, and all the different ways to communicate and share with them—all in one place.

Connected to your files
Your Microsoft account goes where you go. You can switch from one Windows 8 device to another and be ready to pick up where you left off just by signing in. When your files are in the cloud and you have an Internet connection, you can access photos and other files on Microsoft SkyDrive just like you access other things on your PC, and you can get to them from any web-connected device. SkyDrive and an Internet connection give you access to practically everything on your PC

Family safety in the cloud
With Microsoft Family Safety, you can set up accounts for your children so you don’t have to worry as much about their online activity. Family Safety will monitor your children’s activities and let you know what they’re doing. By connecting your account, you’ll be able to get weekly email reports in your inbox. You can also set up web filtering, time limits, and app restrictions.


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