While I was trying to set up Microsoft Office 365 on my home laptop (Win 8), because I had no E-mail client on the new machine - my E-mail was still on a physically separate machine (XP so I didn't want to put it online) - the Microsoft tech (on the phone) made me set up not one but two Microsoft accounts, one using my old and still valid mail address (unchanged since 1999, known worldwide to people who frequent my particular areas of expertise, and I DO NOT want to change it) and another using a brand new G-mail address they set up for me. The whole thing was a big PITA and took several hours. I can now use Office 365 with either mail address (though in fact I have only the old one set up on Outlook where I now conduct my unfortunately voluminous E-mail ... I am owner or moderator of an ungodly number of more or less technical mailing lists, that goes with having lived so long you become an "expert" in something (or several somethings . . .)
My late enormously learned friend Dr. Dan Belkin had a visiting card that read "Dr. Pompous, Expert". That is more or less the way I feel about being a so-called "expert". The other side of that coin is the obligation, if you know something others don't, you have a moral obligation to impart it to anyone interested. Well, that's pretty much how BC operates, if I have understood correctly I have been a teacher since the age of 15 (I am now 82) and I still feel that way. So if/when I ever get out from under my current crisis mode, fighting the battles of the California Drought (I am GM of a small struggling rural Water District in the San Joaquin Valley) I will probably want to sign up as an apprentice to the malware team on this site. If, that is, my ancient brain is still up to the job
So far I have experienced no adverse effects from those Microsoft accounts, but being an old reactionary I don't like anybody telling me what I must or must not do
For Dan Belkin,see http://saluqi.home.netcom.com/belkin.htm ... which is only one aspect, he was one of the most learned biologists I have ever known, and that covers a lot of Nobel Prize territory ...my mentor Konrad Lorenz got one while I was there, and he wasn't the only one . . .
All of which is supremely irrelevant to the purposes of BC, so I apologize for getting personal. That happens to old people, or so I am told