Microsoft Account (For Windows 8): You Must Do E-Mail Verification From Internet Explorer!
.by Anura Guruge
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Today is Teischan’s 7th birthday. I got her a refurbished Toshiba laptop (from TigerDirect for an amazingly good price), with Windows 8, to replace her 4 year old, second hand Edubuntu PC.
This was my first foray into Windows 8 and I was fully aware that the laptop did not have a touch screen. But, I also know that the core Windows 8 software is even better than Windows 7 when it comes to Wi-Fi, security and overall stability.
I went to activate Windows 8 yesterday. I guess I should have seen it coming — having activated two Google Nexus 7 pads for the kids last year.
You can’t do anything until you set up a Microsoft Account.
Of course I am bummed. But, to be fair, both Apple and Google do this too. The difference is that Google’s account activation is painless.
Not so with Microsoft.
It just would not let me verify my e-mail. Kept on saying that it had encountered a problem and that I should try again. I Googled. Yes, others had run into this too, BUT I couldn’t find a resolution.
So this morning I called Microsoft. It wasn’t too bad. I was talking to a real person in about 4 minutes. Yes, I got transferred. The lady I ended up was good. After about 9 minutes she asks, coyly: ‘have you tried it using Internet Explorer?’.
I had NOT. I had thought about it last night and dismissed it. This is 2013. Microsoft couldn’t be that stupid.
Well they are.
You have to use IE.
May they all get the pox.
This is diabolical. This is outrageous. Microsoft has no shame.
Well at least this post will help some one else who runs into this problem.
The one thing that made my day. The lady who helped me. She is a Microsoft employee. She confessed that she uses Chrome. Bingo.