- Getting started
- What's new in Windows Phone 8
- 3 buttons: Back, Start and Search
- Getting connected
- Everything leads back to Start
- Microsoft account
- Synchronising your Windows Phone
- Ringtones, sounds and volume
- Recommended settings for phone setup
- Using Data Sense to track your data usage
- Moving from Android or iPhone to Windows Phone
- Tips and tricks
- Places to try tapping and holding
- Gestures: flick, pan and stretch
- How-to videos
A Microsoft account (formerly Windows Live ID) lets you do all kinds of things on your Windows Phone – everything from getting apps from the Store and playing Xbox games to getting your Twitter or LinkedIn feeds on your People Hub.
You may already have a Microsoft account that you use to sign in to a Microsoft service such as Xbox, Outlook.com, Windows 8 or SkyDrive. What is a Microsoft account? lists the services that you'd use one for, so you can have a look there if you think you may have one but aren't sure.
If you have more than one Microsoft account, see Which Microsoft account should I use? and Choosing a Microsoft account wizard (US English only) for help with figuring out which one you should use to sign in on your phone.
If you don’t have a Microsoft account yet, go to Signing in with a Microsoft account to learn how to create one.
These topics will help get you up and running with your account, and give you details on saving contacts to your phone, setting up My Family, connecting your account to other services and more.
- What is a Microsoft account?
- Signing in with a Microsoft account
- Choosing a Microsoft account wizard (US English only)
- Which Microsoft account should I use?
- Finding the Microsoft account you used to create your gamertag
- Changing a Microsoft account FAQ
- Saving your contacts with a Microsoft account
- What happens when I connect my Microsoft account to other services?
- Setting up My Family on the Windows Phone website