Microsoft is making life a bit easier for Office users on the web, especially those with multiple accounts. A new addition to the Microsoft 365 roadmap, first spotted by Neowinindicates that you will soon be able to switch between accounts without logging out first.
Currently, when you use any Microsoft Office application on the web, be it Word, Excel, Outlook, etc., a badge appears in the upper right corner that only allows you to see your current account. If you have a school account and a personal account, for example, you can’t see them both. The only way to switch accounts is to log out of your current account and then log in with the other account.
Google, for its part, has been making it easy for users to switch accounts for quite some time. When you click on your profile icon, you can easily see other accounts you’ve logged into on your browser and switch between them instantly. Most would agree that this change is long overdue for Microsoft.
The ability to switch between multiple accounts in Office web apps is listed in the Microsoft 365 roadmap under ID 70801. It was added today, and Microsoft is aiming for general availability next month. If you’re curious, the full description reads:
Users can sign in to multiple work and personal accounts on Microsoft 365 web apps in the same browser. It also allows them to switch seamlessly between accounts without having to log out and back in.
It’s surprising that it took Microsoft this long to implement this feature, given the company’s focus on hybrid and remote working. Many people use the same laptop for work and personal use, so it seems like this should have been an obvious addition. However, it is better to see it arrive late than never.
Source: Microsoft 365 roadmap