Windows 8 and Outlook.com
There are more than one way to create a Microsoft ID. I chose to create mine via Outlook.com. Since I've had Windows 8, which I like by the way, I've had the classic, "local user account". But recently I've began logging in to Winows 8 using my firstname.lastname@example.org Microsoft ID. It's much nicer to do this as all the buttons work seamlessly. The Store, Calendar, Email, and SkyDrive are all accessable instantly. Office 2013 automatically uses my login to configure Outlook using the email@example.com. Combined with the Surface tablet, it's a savvy setup going between devices and the cloud.