In a previous post I discussed how you can enable two step authentication on your Microsoft Account and then use it on mobile devices. If you change your mind and decide you want to disable it, just follow these instructions:
From a computer browser, click this link and log into your Microsoft Account.
From the Home screen, click the “Security & privacy” option, then click “More security settings” (found under the “Account security” heading).
Respond to any verification/security messages when prompted.
From the Security Settings screen, scroll down to the “Two-Step verification” heading and click “Turn off two-step verification”
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Bookmarking websites has been my modus operandi for almost as long as I’ve been on the internet. However, bookmarking is not an ideal method for keeping track of websites and blogs for several reasons:
- Bookmarks can become unwieldy in a short period of time. You can easily wind up with hundreds of bookmarked URLS scattered across numerous folders on several different computers.
- Switching back and forth between browsers complicates things. If you switch back and forth between a couple of different browser (i.e., Internet Explorer and Firefox) you can waste a lot of time looking for bookmarks in your different browsers.
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- Bookmarks are static and don’t notify you when new material is available. You’ll probably wind up opening lots of different bookmarks only to find that the content hasn’t changed. For some dynamic websites where content changes frequently, you might miss interesting content if you’re busy with other things and don’t get a chance to review the site.
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You can use your Outlook.com account as a data repository for contacts, calendars and tasks and easily sync this data to all your connected devices, including phones, desktop computers, laptops, tablets.
Sync Data Between Windows Phone and Outlook.com
When you create a Microsoft account on a Windows Phone, any contacts, appointments, or tasks that are stored in the related Outlook.com account (which is a part of the Microsoft account) will be synced to the phone and any edits to existing data or new contacts, appointments or tasks that you create on the phone will be synced to the Microsoft account.
Windows Phone does not sync Contacts, Calendars, and Tasks directly with a computer, laptop or tablet, but if you use a desktop version of Outlook, Windows Live Essentials, or the Mail, Calendar and People app, you can set the desktop software up to sync this data to the computer.
Data can also be synced between a computer and outlook.com
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Exporting the contacts that are stored in the People Hub of an Outlook.com account to a CSV file is fast, easy and convenient. All you need to do is:
- Log into https://people.live.com/ from a computer browser – you will use the email address and password that is associated with the outlook.com account to log into the account
- Click Manage > Export for Outlook.com and other services
- You will see a prompt on the bottom of the screen, “Do you want to open or save OutlookContacts.csv from people.live.com?”
- Click the Save button to save the csv file to the computer’s download folder.