Google/Microsoft Accounts using corporate email

June 17, 2015

I often work with teams using different collaboration tools, whether on different platforms, or on different secure networks. To bridge the gap, we end up using free platforms such as Google Docs or One Drive. The common expectation in such cases is that one needs a Gmail or Live account to access such services. When that happens, stakeholders often lose references to relevant docs, or miss important system notifications, which introduces unnecessary complications.

This article describes how to set up a Google and Microsoft Account using your corporate email address (or any other address for that matter).

Google Account

To get started with a Google Account, go to the Google Accounts signup page. Note that you must make sure you are not already signed in to Google using your gmail (or any other email). At the signup page, select "I prefer to use my current email address" as highlighted below:

Next, fill out the usual details, and you are all set. Now you can log-on to all Google Services (with the exception of Gmail) using your own email address.

Microsoft Account

Microsoft has long ago given up on requesting you use a Live account for their managed services. To sign up for a Microsoft account using your personal or corporate email, go to to the Account Signup page and follow the prompts. Microsoft offers you the option to use your own email by default:
Caution when using your corporate email address to sign in to your Microsoft Account, Microsoft might recognize the email address through federation and redirect you to your corporate Single Signon page. If that happens, you must watch out for the prompt, you will be asked whether to use your corporate Account, or the Microsoft Account... make sure you select the Microsoft Account.

Written by Visar Gashi