For the recent change to “keep me signed in,” our goal was to simplify the options, ensure consistent behavior across browsers and platforms, and make it faster and easier for you to get straight into your inbox.
While the majority of people seem quite pleased with the change, we’ve heard via the Inside Windows Live blog and other places that some of you liked the user tiles and the “remember me” option and feel that something you loved has been taken away.
There were two prominent scenarios we focused on:
Individuals and families who use a single PC and juggle multiple accounts, but who don’t want to use separate Windows accounts
Individuals who use one primary account and want their user name remembered but not their password
The change we’ve made is to add an attribute to the email address input box on our login page. What this means is that if your browser has autocomplete enabled, the form will automatically fill previously entered email addresses for you as you type, or you can hit the down arrow on your keyboard to see the full list and select the account you want.
Depending on which browser you use, this may not be on by default, but it can be enabled simply. In Internet Explorer, for example, this feature is off by default, but it asks you the first time you enter information into a form if you want to enable it. If you would like to enable it in Internet Explorer 9, you can follow these instructions. The process is also simple in Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and Opera.
Families and individuals with a shared PC will each have their user name remembered, and individuals who use one account but don’t want their password remembered will be happy as well. For security, we chose not to remember passwords for multiple accounts to keep multiple users on the same computer from ending up in each other’s inboxes.
This feature is in roll out phase and as expected everyone should be able to use it by next week.