Sign In & Account Creation

Today I’d like to go over some information regarding the sign up process as well as the account creation and association process. It seems the introduction of Windows Live ID with the MSDN and TechNet blogs has confused a few too many of you – we are sorry about that, it wasn’t our intention… really 🙂

Why am I being asked to sign up just to read the blogs?

Technically, you aren’t. Anyone can read the blogs without signing up. But in reality, you are. What’s happening is that you are signed into another Windows Live ID enabled web site. The blog platform sees that and then signs you in “silently” or in other words, signs you in without you explicitly asking to. This works really well once you’ve completed the create an account/associate an account process because you can move from site to site and maintain your sign in across many of the Microsoft properties. However if you’ve not completed the sign up process, you’ll be prompted to do that even if you just want to read the blog.

The other situation you may be asked to sign in is if you click a person's name to view their profile. See the “Why Should I Sign In?” section below for more information on that.
So at this point either click Sign out if you don’t want to create the account or complete the sign up and you’ll be set moving forward. We are reviewing this configuration and we may modify this silent sign in if it’s too confusing to our blog readers…


How do I Sign In?

When you click the Sign in link on any page in the blogs you’ll be taken to the Windows Live ID sign in page. You can select any Windows Live ID account you already have or create a new one at that time. The first time you sign in with a Windows Live ID account you’ll be presented with the “Create an Account OR Associate an Account” page.

  • If you’ve never created an account with the blogs before, fill in the Create an Account section. It’s just a username, a confirmation of the email address you want any communication to go to and finally a time zone which will then allow the blogs to present date and times accurate to your location.
  • If you’ve had an account previously on the blogs then enter your username and password you used to use in the Associate Account section. This will connect your Windows Live ID account up to your old blogs account and you can then use the WLID from then on.


Why Should I Sign In?

Signing in gives you a bunch of benefits that anonymous readers do not get. Some of these include:

  • A customized profile for your account.
    • You can have a custom display name that supports characters beyond the set for a username.
    • You can upload your own personal avatar image that will go alongside any comments you make as well as on your profile.
    • A customized profile including contact details, web sites, facebook, twitter connections etc.
    • You can manage the email address you receive notifications at.
    • Update your time zone settings.
  • You’ll have the ability to follow and friend other members in the blogs.
    • You can then more easily track their activity within their profile or on the home page.
  • Commenting
    • You’ll no longer have to fill in your name every time you post a comment.
    • There are some blogs that do not have anonymous commenting enabled. You’ll need to be a member then to comment anyway.
  • Viewing others profiles
    • If you want to view anyone else’s profile you need to be signed in. There are contact details on profiles and those are limited to people who have agreed to our Terms of Use.
  • Future features…
    • We will integrate into the MSDN and TechNet profile, activity and recognition systems in the future. Without being a member you can’t build your reputation.


Hopefully that gives you a little more insight into the sign in and sign up process. More information on profiles, settings etc. coming soon!

Comments (54)

  1. Anonymous says:

    How to write a blog? Do I have the Permission to write a blog?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Greg – use the site feedback on the home page so we can help you 1:1. thx.

  3. Anonymous says:


    How can i start my blog


  4. Anonymous says:

    Hello everyone below:

    We are not able to write 'blogs' only employees of Microsoft are able to do.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I want to make my own blog..How can I do it?

  6. Anonymous says:

    The Tehnet account of my blog was associated to another LiveID than mine. The result is I can sign in but I have no more access to my Dashboard.

    How can I reassign my Live ID to my blog ?

    Thank you


  7. Anonymous says:

    How do i create a new blog site?

  8. Anonymous says:

    thank you

  9. Anonymous says:

    How create blog ?

  10. Anonymous says:

    How do i create a new blog site?

  11. Anonymous says:

    @ Antonio – You must be a Microsoft Employee at this time to start a blog.

  12. Anonymous says:

    How to write a blog? Do I have the Permission to write a blog?

  13. Anonymous says:

    i agree with abhimnit…if users other than MS employees are not allowed to create any blog, then it doesn't make sense to have blog posts count on users activity/profile dashboard.  will my two cents count as a blog post, instead?

  14. Anonymous says:

    @ Abdul Munir – if you are a Microsoft employee, please visit http://bloginfo for more details

  15. Anonymous says:

    How can I celete/create or change my blog username?

  16. Anonymous says:

    TechNet is a bit Techy?

    Can it be made simpler?

  17. Anonymous says:

    How can I celete/create or change my blog username?

  18. Anonymous says:

    I totally agree with Sandip Shinde. How can non Microsoft employees going to earn point from blogs if they not  allow to create blogs.

  19. Anonymous says:

    how to change my SIGN-IN Name (yahoo account) to new Live account.

  20. Anonymous says:

    if users other than MS employees are not allowed to create any blog, then it doesn't make sense to have Blog post count on users activity/profile dashboard ….

  21. Anonymous says:

    Can’t seem to find where to start.
    Desktop Alert Software

  22. Anonymous says:

    how can i write a blog

  23. Anonymous says:


  24. Anonymous says:


    how can I create a technet blog – i have a windows live ID already but cant see an easy way of creating a blog

    thanks in advance


  25. Anonymous says:

    May I know how to create a blog in Technet please

  26. Anonymous says:

    Hi Guys,

    I am unable to create a blog on here, it appears to be a common issue where active users of the MS forums associate their ID with blogs.

    Any ideas or suggestions are most welcome.


  27. Anonymous says:

    If only MS Employees are able to post blogs here then what is meaning of contributing to social ..? How do I earn points as non MS employee coz my profile clearly says points earned by Forums, Galleries, TechNet Wiki & Blogs…

  28. Anonymous says:

    find Blogs technet website public sheard serves

  29. Anonymous says:

    How can i write a blog on technet ?  More than answer of this question i would like to know why no one respond to this.  It has been asked 20 times already . Is there some reason for not to reply to this question ? any one ?

  30. Anonymous says:

    how to create a blog?

  31. Anonymous says:

    same problem with matt starkie, how to create a blog in technet???

  32. Anonymous says:

    give the details about Commenting  

  33. Anonymous says:

    Non-Microsoft staff can attain achievements on the blogs via commenting on and rating the posts of Microsoft employees.  There are a total of six achievements that can be earned this way, but these activities do not earn any points.  If you would like a place to post your technical writings, you can head over to the TechNet Wiki and the more people view your contributions, the more points you earn.

  34. Anonymous says:

    I'am okay with Sandip Shinde.. How to blog posts if we are not MS employees?

  35. Anonymous says:

    @ Sidhanta – at this time, you must be a Microsoft employee in order to blog on TechNet (or MSDN.)

  36. Anonymous says:

    how to create a blog?

  37. Anonymous says:

    Hi Martin – TechNet blogs are only available for Microsoft employees to create.

  38. Anonymous says:

    How can I post my blog on technet. I am not getting any link to create my own blog. Please help me out.

  39. Anonymous says:

    how to create a blog?

  40. Anonymous says:

    Can you create a virtual private network inside a local area network?

  41. Greg Trapp says:

    Help!  Your directions are confusing and neither option works for me.  And there is no way to get assistance with problems on this page…  Kinda fustrating

  42. Tom Lee says:

    I want to view some blog when i logged in with my hotmail account.

    However it prompt me I have to join primarily.

    When I input my information and click "join now", it prompt me that "a user with this email address already exists", how could I solve this issue?

    if i click "associate account", however i really could not remember if i have set that.

  43. natalia says:

    Hi i alredy have a blog with technet, buti want to know haow many people is visiting my blog, can you help me? Thanks

  44. Gulab says:

    Unfortunately non Microsoft employees can't creat or post there Blogs on TechNet 🙁

    I wish they let us put out blogs on TechNet….

  45. alex says:

    And for MVP users, we are able to create a Technet blog  ?

  46. This blog post (on this page) is aimed at Microsoft employees. If you are not a Microsoft employee (most everyone reading this), see…/  

    All the answers to these questions are there. You have to be an employee (part time or full time). If you are a contractor or vendor, you need an employee to set it up with you (you would author on a blog they own). There are only a few exceptions where non-employees can author. But most blogs represent official products (and only FTE blog on them). See the article for details.

  47. how can i create my own blog in technet?

  48. John A. McDonald / mcdajon@microsoft,com says:

    This may be fun?

  49. John A. McDonald / mcdajon@microsoft,com says:

    This may be fun?