A comment on “How
do I login to my old Hotmail account after I create a new one?“
“It happens that Hotmail also gives you the ability to switch back and forth
between accounts. Click on options in the upper right; more options, sending
and receiving email from other accounts. You can add your alternate email
address and it will then appear in the drop-down when you click the arrow next
to your name in the upper right.”
In this excerpt from
Answercast #25, I look at the way Hotmail manages accounts and why you must
log out of one before using another.
Switching accounts in Hotmail
I want to clarify that this will, in all likelihood, not do what people really want. It is not switching back and forth between accounts.
What that functionality does is it transfers the email; it loads the email from those remote accounts into your current Hotmail current. So you’re still in your current Hotmail account, but you are looking at the email that has been received from… has been sucked up from… the other email accounts that you have specified.
Not the same
That’s not the same as actually logging out from one account and logging into the other: which is what most people want to do when they switch back and forth between accounts.
Next from Answercast #25 – How should I backup my computer before upgrading to Windows 7?
5 comments on “Can Hotmail let me switch between accounts?”
Leo, you may be right, but that’s not the impression I get from my Hotmail account. When I hover over an alternate address in the dropdown, it says, “Sign in as…”
And when I click that address, It seems to take me to an entirely different inbox with different messages and even different junk in the junk folder.
OK. I think we may be talking about 2 different things, and I gave the wrong instructions. If you click on the arrow next to your name, and then click on “Account,” there’s an option called “Linked IDs.” That seems to be what I have rather than “Sending/receiving email from other accounts.”
HOW ABOUT…. log into one account with Firefox, and another with Internet Explorer. ALT-TAB will switch you between accounts.
why did you switch from Hotmail to this new system with Hotmail once logged in I was directed to my email with this new system I have to wait ages as it switches to live. Why do you change something that is working to a heap of rubbish
Leo has nothing to do with Microsoft, so there’s no reason to blame him for any changes to Hotmail.