What is the difference between “work account” and “Microsoft account”?

Work account is an account created by an organization’s administrator to enable a member of the organization access to all Microsoft cloud services such as Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Intune or Office 365. A work account can take the form of a user’s work email address, such as username@orgname.com, when an organization federates or synchronizes its Active Directory accounts with Azure Active Directory. To learn about the process of administering work accounts by the organization’s administrator please refer to What is the process to administer work accounts to eligible organizational members?.

Microsoft account, created by user for personal use, is the new name for what used to be called “Windows Live ID”. The Microsoft account is the combination of an email address and a password that a user uses to sign in to all consumer-oriented Microsoft products and cloud services such as Outlook (Hotmail), Messenger, OneDrive, MSN, Windows Phone or Xbox LIVE. If a user uses an email address and password to sign in to these or other services, then the user already has a Microsoft account—but the user can also sign up for a new one at any time.

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