The latest version of Windows is set to make cross-platform functionality a priority - with a little help from Windows Live.
Microsoft's latest blog post provides in-depth details on how users can sign into Windows 8 with a Windows Live ID and the kind of benefits they can expect to recieve.
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By logging onto Windows Live, users will be given access to their preferred settings on any Windows 8 PC. All saved settings will be available when you sign in to your account, with no need to personalise each computer.
This will cover everything from your desktop background and browser favourites to mouse settings and Metro style apps.
The new service will be a boon for users who regularly use multiple computers, and should also help to speed up the process when upgrading from one PC to another.
"With Windows 8, we introduce the optional capability to sign in to your PC with a Windows Live ID and, by doing so, gaining the ability to roam a broad range of settings across all of your PCs," explains the blog post.
"...We will also enable developers to build Metro style apps that tell Windows their state, so you can pick up where you left off as you move between PCs. You can pick up on the same page of a book, the same level of a game, or the same place in the movie you were watching as you switch between your Windows 8 PCs."
According to the official Microsoft blog, signing in with an ID allows Windows 8 users to:
- Associate the most commonly used Windows settings with your user account (saved settings are available when you sign in to your account on any Windows 8 PC).
- Reacquire your Metro style apps on multiple Windows 8 PCs.
- Save sign-in credentials for the different apps and websites you use, without having to enter credentials every time.
- Automatically sign in to apps and services that use Windows Live ID for authentication.
The benefits of signing into Windows 8 with Windows Live ID are outlined further in the Microsoft S video below.
Microsoft has repeatedly stressed that the service is "optional", but to take advantage of it you will need a Windows Live ID. You are able to use any email address of your choice when creating a new Windows Live ID.
For more information, including privacy and security details, visit Microsoft's blog.