It’s Christmastime again and you know what that means: gadgets as gifts. Yep, tech is going to be big this year and many shoppers are looking to get their hands on one of the latest Windows devices—like a Surface Pro 2—either for themselves or for a family member. Why? Fun and productivity. Microsoft devices are the only way to play my all-time favorite gaming franchise: Halo (that would be Halo Spartan Assault for Windows 8 devices) and they also let you get some serious work done thanks to the Office suite. Plus, one of the best ways to browse and respond to email is on a tablet and if you’re on a Windows 8 device, you need to do yourself a favor and unlock your devices full potential using an Outlook.com account.
Yes, it’s no surprise that the best experience you can get on a Windows 8 device is through an official Microsoft Outlook.com account. From Windows to Xbox to Outlook.com—your Microsoft account is like a key that gives you access to all your Microsoft devices, apps and services. So here’s a guide to get your new device up and running—the right way.
When you first turn on your new Windows 8 device, it will ask you to sign-in with your Microsoft account. If you have ever used an Xbox, Outlook.com or Hotmail, SkyDrive, Skype, or Windows Phone there’s a good chance you’ve already created one. If, for some reason, you don’t have one (or you can’t remember what it is) you can simply make a new one. If you use Microsoft products, there’s simply no better way to use them than by creating an Outlook.com account. Here’s why:
An enhanced email experience. With, and only with, Outlook.com you get access to exclusive features—like Easter eggs. These are goodies you can’t get if you are using a service like Gmail. Take Sweep for instance, which auto-organizes social updates and newsletters.
A personalized email experience. If you want to make sure all of your Microsoft services are connected, including Mail, Calendar—and of course, your Microsoft account–Outlook.com is the key.
Web access. These same services (Mail, Calendar, People and SkyDrive) can be accessed when you are away from your PC using your Outlook.com account.
To signup for a Microsoft account (or simply to get additional information) you can click here.
Make Outlook.com Your Microsoft Account
If you want to use Outlook.com as your primary Microsoft account, but already have an existing Microsoft account using a Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail address, you can easily upgrade to a new shiny Outlook.com address. You simply need to create an @outlook.com alias and make that your primary account. If you decide you want to use Outlook.com for all your inbox needs, it’s now super easy and fast to make the switch with the new import tool in Outlook.com.
Once you’ve made the switch to Outlook.com, just make your @outlook.com your primary Microsoft account and you’re all set to experience the benefits listed above.
Woohoo! Have fun with your new Windows device!
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