Microsoft confirmed today — as has been rumored — that it is adding two-factor authentication to Microsoft accounts.
That means that when you sign in with your username and password to Microsoft services such as Outlook.com and SkyDrive, you will soon have the option of adding another step to verify that it’s indeed you signing in. The second step, if enabled, is meant to provide additional security and would mean that signing in to your account requires a second step such as entering a code sent to your phone or to an email account that you’ve provided to Microsoft.
The upgrade is expected to roll out over the next few days.
Other companies, including Google and Facebook, already offer optional two-step verification.
In other Microsoft news this morning, the company announced that Outlook.com is offering domains in 32 additional international markets, meaning users can now have @outlook addresses that are country specific (such as @outlook.fr for those in France.)
Users will also now be able to sign in with any Outlook.com alias you’ve added to your account, rather than only with the username you originally signed up with.