Microsoft has laid bare its plans for a single log-in with enhanced security across its suite of Xbox and Windows services, as well as other apps owned by the company.
The security measures were outlined in a Microsoft blog post last night, and confirmed that a new two-step authentication process for all Microsoft accounts would be rolling out across the next "couple of days".
With this single account Microsoft said you would be able to gain access to many of its services at once, and spooled off a few examples:
- Communicate with your Outlook.com inbox and calendar, and with Skype video chat.
- Entertain yourself with games from Xbox Live, Xbox Music and Xbox video.
- Access to all your photos, videos, docs and other stuff through SkyDrive.
- One set of people from the networks you use, like Facebook, Linked In, Twitter and more.
- Unlock personal productivity with Office.
However, Microsoft stated that while very lovely, this single account focus requires additional security to function, and explained why it is opting for a two-step verification process. The post reads, "Two-step verification is when we ask you for two pieces of information any time you access your account — for example, your password plus a code sent to a phone or email on file as security info.
"Two-step verification protects you everywhere you use your Microsoft account; on Windows 8, any Web browser, and even Microsoft apps and services on iOS and Android devices."
You can start the process now by visiting this security page, if you wish.
What do you make of this additional security and single log-in mentality? Is it effective, could it work, and how might it impact the next Xbox? Let us know below.