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Merge office365 and live accounts that use the same email address

I use both Azure/msdn and office 365
I already had an msdn account mvdl@our-company.com ( Windows Live account) and our company recently migrated to Office 365 which resulted in a mvdl@our-company.com Office365 account.

Wich is causing a lot of grieve when switching between asure web portal / msdn web portal / office 365 web portal

Even when I have no portals open, I cant switch accounts. I need to explicity open the portal that I last logged in to. Log out, and then I can switch accounts.

And having both office 365 portal and Azure portal open at the same time is impossible.

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    MarcoMarco shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Our team owns the Microsoft account and Azure AD sign-in/sign-up experiences. We know that some experiences are confusing for some of you and we’re working hard to simplify them.

    More specifically:

    1) We know a number of users have multiple accounts with Microsoft, some they created themselves and others they got from their work or school. Today, using multiple accounts in Office 365, Azure.com or VisualStudio.com requires you sign out of one account and sign in to another. To address this we’re building the ability to be signed in with more than one account at the same time, in the same browser. This should start showing up on Microsoft web properties later this year.

    2) There’s a small number of Microsoft business services that only support “Live ID” accounts, and not organizational accounts that are used for other business services like Office 365. Examples include MSDN and Volume Licensing. We’re working with these teams to add support for organizational accounts. This will allow everyone who already has an account they use with Office 365 to use the same account to sign in to these services.

    3) Some users have two Microsoft-powered accounts with the same sign in string: one they got from their organization (when the organization uses Azure AD account) and one they created themselves (for example to access MSDN or VL). For these users, the sign-in experience to Office and Azure can be confusing. If you’re in this situation, the simplest solution is to rename the account you created yourself. You can use another consumer email address or get a new @outlook.com address. And later his year, you’ll also be able to use your phone number as a sign in string. Longer term, we’re considering different options to remove this overlap.

    Keep the great feedback coming and please let us know if you finds other sources of account confusion. We’ll continue to monitor this thread as we refine our plans.

    Ariel

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      • BradBrad commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The initial ADMIN response(s) to this from June 2015 implied that it was something KNOWN and that was ACTIVELY being worked. For it to have been KNOWN and ACTIVELY being worked would suggest that the work started before this thread. It has been 1.5 years since this thread started and yet the EXPERIENCE is still as confusing as ever. Trying to access Bing Places for Business or Bing Webmaster Tools jumps me around to multiple sign-in pages and 2 different passwords for the same username. BOTH ARE CALLED "BING". I literally just spent 2 hours working on my password manager to properly document which account (Bing, Office, Microsoft, Live, etc, etc) is tied to which password for my 1 username. This is ridiculous. As a Technology Director, I get complaints about confusion from my users about this mess all the time, so much so that they actively avoid logging in. We optd to go G Suites and avoid Outlook.com because of this mess and if I could get the users to drop their "need" for Office 365, we would leave and not look back. I can't imagine what is going on at Microsoft that this is such a horrible mess when Google, Amazon, Apple, you-name-it have figured out single username account credential.

      • Dave KolbDave Kolb commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It would also help with confusion to quit constantly renaming your website services because it gets confusing to know the latest microsoft, microsoftonline, Live, Outlook, Skype, Lync, Office, O365 etc.

      • Dave KolbDave Kolb commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Also if I logout of one MSFT website, keep me logged in to the others.
        I should even be able to login to O365 using two different email addresses at the same time. I have multiple O365 accounts. Keep the logins both website and instance specific!

      • Dave KolbDave Kolb commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Confusing is a HUGE HUGE understatement. Not only confusing but also often broken and results in login loops.

        Your logins are so messed up it’s hard to imagine they could be worse but could easily be fixed. I and everyone I know HATE the question about School, Work or Personal accounts which is stupid to ask for MANY reasons.

        There is a simple way to fix your login system =>

        1. Have each website remember where you store logins for its own website and check there (duh), and don’t ask the user if work, home, school. Get rid of that question totally! It makes no sense in many cases esp. when the user has multiple business and “work” accounts like I do.
        2. Allow caching multiple logins for each website on the local computer, and if I have more than one email addresses for O365 or visualstudio.com, or whatever MSFT website, then show ALL the login ids, or email addresses cached for that website, and let me choose which one I want to use this time. Do NOT ask me if it is a school, work or personal account. Who cares and who remembers?

        Basically, allow a website to have multiple accounts based on an email, and ask me which email to use if I have more than one O365 account or MSDN account, and then remember the password for that email for that website.

        It’s truly as simple as that, and what everyone else in the world pretty much does. I have multiple accounts at Amazon as well and it simply asks me which email address I want to use. If I use the same email address for O365 and MSDN you should NOT care. In fact you should prefer that! I may want to have a separate password for each even though the same email address. I do this all the time with websites where it has the same email but different passwords. The MSFT way is horrible. Do it this correct and more friendly way!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I got a lot of VMs on Azure using my personal account and O365 using my corporate account with the same email address. How could I merge or transfer all the VMs on Azure to my Corporate account with should be paid by company ?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Microsoft account , azure account , tfs account, office365 account
        WTF!? how can we fix it

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I renamed the personal account as suggested now I'm told that the account doesn't exist even though I am using the same username to login to my 365 office business account.

      • dansdans commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm not even trying to use a personal and work account together. I'm just trying to get my work account to function and keep getting login prompts, reset password, and then appears to be working but login prompt shows up out of no where and the new password doesn't work. I use a password keeper so I'm not forgetting the password. This happens when using word and outlook.

      • Charlie EvattCharlie Evatt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I just encountered a problem today, where I've got a 365 account, my AD account (trying to sync the two), and of course the VLSC which I need to keep with the same email address.

        Is there any update on when this experience will be resolved?

      • Lars PanzerbjrnLars Panzerbjrn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It's been two years since "we’re building the ability to be signed in with more than one account at the same time, in the same browser. This should start showing up on Microsoft web properties later this year." should have happened...

        I would really love to see this implemented...

      • Harm PoelenHarm Poelen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I completely lost the access to a subscription that I created and moved from my LiveID to my work account. I moved it since this subscription should be used to create VM's and Cloud services for our internal organization and not be used for customer facing cloud subscriptions. So I wanted it to be linked to our access structure on O365. I think the only way to move forward with this is merge / link these accounts and that Microsoft takes care of the login correctly and that customer AD takes preference above LiveID login.

      • Le-roy StainesLe-roy Staines commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Here's how you resolve this...

        1. Single sign in form that validates the password against BOTH databases...
        IF only one account exists and the password is correct - log into that account.
        IF both accounts exist and ONE password is correct - take me to a gateway page that lists the two accounts and shows me WHICH apps I have access to for the one that my password succeeded, and let me show the apps for the other one by signing into that one.
        IF both accounts exist and BOTH passwords were the same and succeeded, show me a gateway with both accounts and list the apps for each. So for example I'll see TFS as the top identity so then I'll click that one.

        I have absolutely no idea which identity associated with which product and I always forget, and I forget which password is for which. But MICROSOFT knows which identity my TFS is for, so SHOW ME!

        Whoever designed the 'personal' and 'work' system should never be allowed near user experience ever again.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It has been one year and a half since Microsoft last respond this question, I'm wondering what's the progress now?
        In the Office 365 Account management command, I see the parameter there, but couldn't find a good example about how to use it..
        New-MailUser -UseExistingLiveId <SwitchParameter> -WindowsLiveID <WindowsLiveId>

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        How do I know which account I'm logged into.
        I too have the issue of having two accounts with the same email address. One given out by my organization the other created by myself. I want to delete or rename the one I created myself, but when I log into account.microsoft.com, there is no indication I can see whether I'm logged in with my work or my personal account.

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