Using a Microsoft account to log in to Windows 8.1 offers some advantages over using local accounts. If those advantages don't appeal to you, you can switch back to a local account.
Microsoft and Facebook are making APIs available to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 developers that allow them to integrate Facebook log-ins into their apps.
If you would like to keep a specific user account more private, you can do so by removing it from the log-in window in OS X.
The pay-television provider ferrets out any reason users would turn to an online alternative, most recently removing prompts to log in to its online portal when using a home network.
If you have a Mac set up in a secure location as a media center or with limited access by anyone but authorized users, then you may find the OS X log-in password requirement to be a burden.
Both are available in the preview of Microsoft's next version of Windows, but you can choose which one to work with.
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Displays sleeping before automatic log-out occurs may prevent the log-in window from showing.
Users who don't need the security of a lock screen and a log-in screen can bypass both through a few simple steps.
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