Microsoft wants to bridge the gap between Microsoft/Office account and Windows 11 by integrating the Microsoft account directly into the system settings. This move comes after the company mandated Microsoft account on Windows 11 Pro for personal or home use.
Windows 11 22H2 introduces Microsoft 365 subscription in Settings and Microsoft says it plans to further improve the experience through future updates delivered using Online Service Experience Packs. As part of the update, Microsoft is introducing “payment details” within the subscription card experience.
As you can see in the screenshot below, the Settings app now allows you to view and manage payment information, and you can even get notifications when your payment method requires an update. The purpose of integrating the Microsoft account payment feature into the Settings app is to help you continue your subscriptions without interruption.
At the moment, Microsoft account integration is limited to payment details, but this will change in a future update.
Microsoft is now testing a series of changes to better reflect the features associated with Microsoft accounts in the Settings app. This includes products such as Office 2021 or Office 2019.
For example, if you have an Office 2021 or Office 2019 subscription associated with the Microsoft account, you can view and manage supported Office perpetual products through Settings > Accounts.
You can learn more about your subscriptions and even install the Office product. Previously, users had to manually sign in to their account in a browser to install the Office product.
Windows 11’s Microsoft account integration is still in the early days of development and is rolling out to testers in the Dev Channel. Microsoft plans to gather more feedback before releasing it into the production channel via an Online Service Experience Pack.
There is a chance it will be rolled out to consumers by the end of this year as the integration does not require a feature update.
Windows Settings Improvements
Microsoft has announced a series of improvements to the Settings app in Windows 11 22H2.
For example, Microsoft is updating the “Sleep and screen off” defaults to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions, especially when PCs are idle. However, this change will only be rolled out to those who have installed the operating system clean with version 22H2 or newer.
Microsoft is also improving the search bar experience within the app, and the company hopes to further improve the settings with Sun Valley 3.