I've had a Hotmail account for many years now. I thought that was my Live ID. Recently I was asked to provide my Live ID, and I gave the person my Hotmail email account. He said, "No, give me your Live ID." Huh? Aren't they the same? Or is it the case that one's Live ID may have a Hotmail account associated with it? Perhaps more than 1 Hotmail account? Maybe other email accounts that aren't Hotmail accounts?
They are the same.
To be pedantic: every hotmail account is a Live ID, but not every Live ID is a hotmail account (I have a Live ID on another e-mail address and don't use Hotmail).
They also at one stage stopped you using email accounts (other than MS supplied) to log in to this site. This is the reason why I am now Ian2 but I am pretty sure that this has now been recinded.
Yep, through the magic of 'in private browsing' here is the old me. Damn, that is one scary picture ...
Live ID is what Microsoft is calling Passport this week.
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