Many Windows, One Login

A post at the official Building Windows 8 blog outlines a potentially very cool feature in Windows 8. You’ll be able to set up any Windows 8 system, conventional PC or tablet, to use a Windows Live ID as a local login. That means your identity, settings, and purchased apps will live in the cloud and you will have access to all the information on any device when you log in through Windows Live.

Of course, the devil is always in the details and we’ll have to see how well this works in practice. Security will be a particular concern, and Microsoft will have to get it right. But with data showing a sharp rise in consumers using multiple devices, it could be a winner and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Apple come up with a competitor through iCloud.

Check out the blog post for all the details.

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Steve Wildstrom

Steve Wildstrom is veteran technology reporter, writer, and analyst based in the Washington, D.C. area. He created and wrote BusinessWeek’s Technology & You column for 15 years. Since leaving BusinessWeek in the fall of 2009, he has written his own blog, Wildstrom on Tech and has contributed to corporate blogs, including those of Cisco and AMD and also consults for major technology companies.

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