Windows 8 Will Support Syncing Across Windows Live

Posted by at 6:52 pm on September 26, 2011

Microsoft just revealed that Windows 8 will bring with it the ability to  sign into a PC with a Windows Live ID for quickly accessing quick settings  wherever they are. Doing so is available for all compatible device , apps and services. Logging in will have  the Metro-style apps in their last-used settings and state, for example.

Logging into apps and websites also won’t have to  be done again, with the Windows Live ID all that’s required for authentication.  Live ID requires a compatible e-mail address and password, though it doesn’t  have to be one from Microsoft.

Retained settings include the lock screen  picture (though it’s limited to 2MB and 1920×1200), desktop background, user  tile, browser favorites and history, spell check dictionaries, Explorer  settings, mouse settings, and accessibility settings, with the information  coming form the cloud.

Internet Explorer 10 in the developer preview of  Windows 8 offers a sneak peek at this feature.

Users can pick what is  synced with each Windows 8 PC they use through the Sync PC Setting section.  Settings groups include Personalize, Themes, Ease of access, Language  preferences, Apps, Web browser, Other stuff and Some passwords. At initial  set-up, users are asked if they want to link syncing web history, favorites, or  credentials to other PCs than their main one.

IT Adminscan decide if a worker can link  their domain to an ID, and what types of data the worker can sync. A  domain-joined machine cannot get its setting uploaded to the cloud or synced to  other PCs.

To ensure security, Microsoft will require a strong password  and a secondary proof of identity.

Finally, Microsoft is quick to point  out that the data is only accessed by Windows for roaming and not accessed in  any other context or used for any other purpose.


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