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Easy Definition: Sign-On Service for Microsoft online services such as Hotmail, Xbox, and Outlook.com
Detailed Definition: Proprietary Single-Sing-On (SSO) that authenticates and accepts a credential created by the user.
How Does it Look Like?
The Microsoft account UI in Hotmail
The Microsoft account UI in Outlook.com
The Microsoft account UI in Xbox
How Does it Work?
Microsoft account ( formerly Windows Live ID) is a single sign-on service that accepts a sign-in request:
Here’s how it works
1. User submits Credential ( If the user is new to the service, his/her request is submitted via triple DES)
2. Microsoft account redirects to an authentication server…
3. The server authenticates the credentials ( makes sure that the email and password is valid)
4. The server accepts the request and redirects to the site the user is signing into…
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