Microsoft puts subscription management at the top of the Accounts page on Windows 11
Microsoft this week released a new Insider build of Windows 11 that makes several major changes to the operating system. One of these changes is moving subscription management related to Microsoft 365 services to the top of the Accounts page.
If you open the Accounts page now on a Windows 11 computer that hasn’t participated in the Insider program, you’ll be presented with a list of options, including verifying the linked Microsoft account. Windows 11 users can open it by selecting Start > Settings > Accounts. The option to review subscriptions and other Microsoft account information is in the Your Microsoft Account subsection of the page.
Coming soon to all Windows 11 devices, subscription management information will appear when opening the main Accounts page. Windows 11 users will see the information under Settings > Accounts instead of Settings > Accounts > Your Microsoft account.
Windows 11 shows the subscription status if the user has logged into the system with a Microsoft account. The information is displayed at the top and the remaining account settings pages are listed below as before.
Free users get little of this, just the information that they’re using free services and links to Office apps and OneDrive. An “Upgrade” link will be prominently displayed on the page.
Paying Microsoft 365 users can learn more on the page. Windows 11 lists the subscription plan, e.g. B. Microsoft 365 Family, and billing information.
Windows 11 even notifies users when the linked credit card has expired: “Your credit card has expired. Update your payment information to keep your subscription”.
The page lists the payment method and the amount that will be charged. Additional information and an option to correct expired payment methods are also available.
The information that Microsoft displays on the Account Settings page can be useful for Microsoft 365 subscribers, but because it’s not the only way to notify subscribers of expiring payment information or upcoming payments, it’s not as useful as it might first appear like.
For free users, the information is practically useless unless they plan to upgrade the subscription. Microsoft can use the change to advertise its subscription services more prominently, as any free user who opens the account page now places an upgrade link that is prominently displayed on the page.
Now you: How do you sign in to Windows devices? Do you have a Microsoft 365 subscription?