Microsoft account

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Microsoft account

A single sign-on that enables users to log in to Microsoft services such as Office 365, Skype, Outlook.com, Xbox Live, OneDrive and the Microsoft online store with the same username and password. Users already have a Microsoft account if they signed up for any of these services previously. In 2012, the Windows Live ID was renamed Microsoft account.

Synchronization to All Devices
When logged into a Microsoft account, software and media downloaded from the Microsoft Store, along with settings, contacts and documents can be synchronized onto all the user's Microsoft devices.

Microsoft vs. Local Account
In order to download content from the Microsoft Store, users must be signed into their Microsoft account, and they will be prompted to switch to it or sign up for one if not previously created. When users switch back to their local accounts (from the User Accounts control panel), all downloaded content from the Microsoft Store is available for use.
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You need to have a Windows Live ID to keep your files private, whereas publicly-shared files don't require any such ID to access.
Signing up is quite simple, all you have to do is visit the Microsoft Connect site and sign it with your Windows Live ID (which is linked to your Gamertag) and complete a survey to determine whether you are fit to enter the preview program.
Dr Mark Parrish, Microsoft Director, Health Solutions Group (Asia and Middle East), said access to the authorised account is secure through a Windows Live ID or a limited set of OpenID providers.