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Save my contacts with a Microsoft account

The word "contact" doesn't really do justice to what it represents: friends, family, coworkers, buddies, soulmates, crushes, or the mechanic you've gone to for years, all packaged up in a little name, phone number, and email address. And how cool is it that we can take all that with us anywhere we go?

If you don't yet have a place online where you happily house all of your contacts (or even if you do), your Microsoft account (formerly Windows Live ID) is a great tool for you. Since you'll likely want to sign in on your phone with a Microsoft account to get all sorts of benefits, saving your contacts in the same place is a natural fit. You can add them on your phone and then get to them from any computer, as long as you're signed in with your Microsoft account. Or you can add them on your computer to Outlook.com, even if you use the account just to manage your contacts and don't use the email at all. You can even import your contacts from other accounts.

To import contacts from another account

  1. On your computer, go to www.outlook.com and sign in with the same Microsoft account you use on your phone.

  2. In the upper-left corner, point to Outlook, click the arrow next to it, and then click People.

  3. If you've never imported contacts before, follow the instructions to add contacts to your account. If you need help, click the Settings icon, then click Help, and search for contacts.

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