You can now switch between accounts in Microsoft 365 web apps without signing out
Last month, we reported that Microsoft was working on a feature that will allow customers to easily switch between different accounts when using Microsoft 365 web apps such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Outlook, and more. Today the company announced that this feature has started rolling out and will be available to everyone in the coming months.
Previously, users had to sign out of one Microsoft 365 web app first and then sign in to another, which is an archaic experience if you’re using work and personal accounts in the same browser. Multi-factor authentication when logging in every time also hampered overall productivity and workflow.
This is no longer the case, as seamless account switching has begun to roll out. You can simply click on the account switcher in the top right corner of your Microsoft 365 web app and then choose between other accounts that have already signed in to the service. The change should be seamless and you wouldn’t have to log out of your current account and then log back in to the other one.
There is, however, an important caveat to be aware of. You can only be active on one account per application. So, for example, if you have two browser tabs open in the same instance with Word logged into your work account, and then you switch one of those tabs to your personal account, you’ll also need to refresh the other tab with your personal account. . Thus, you cannot have two active apps with different Microsoft accounts running in the same browser instance.
As it stands, Seamless Account Switching for Microsoft 365 Web Apps has started rolling out to global environments of Office.com, Word, Excel, PowerPoint for Web, Outlook on Web, OneDrive for the web, SharePoint, and Microsoft 365 admin center. The company is working to expand this to more services, but the rollout for the current scope is expected to wrap up by June.
The feature is not available for Microsoft 365 operated through 21Vianet, Microsoft 365 Government, and Germany cloud environments. There are no administrative controls to disable the feature, but Microsoft has assured IT administrators that data integrity and confidentiality will be maintained.