Tired of Different Online Identities Following you Around?

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When using Office 365 and initially connect into Office 365 services, whether that is the Microsoft Online Portal, OWA, SharePoint, etc, that identity is cached within iexplorer.exe, across all instances of IE, across each of the tabs.  So if you attempt to login to Hotmail, for example, your Office 365 Identity will be presented, as it is cached, and will fail to open your Live services, such as Skydrive, Hotmail email, etc.

Internet Explorer has an “InPrivate” setting which gives you an additional session, but you may need more than two IE’s or Tabs using different Identities.  To use more multipleidentities you can use This article, which explains how you can use Firefox to set up infinite sessions using separate Identities.   You can now be logged into multiple online tenants simultaneously, while keeping each of the identities separate.  Note – Office 365 does support Firefox.

You can use the below information to create a .vbs file, and pin to Taskbar, Start Menu or Desktop and when run, will launch 3 separate versions of FireFox, each able to maintain their own session and identity:

Dim objShell
Set objShell = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell")
objShell.Exec """C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"" -no-remote -P ""Session1"""
objShell.Exec """C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"" -no-remote -P ""Session2"""
objShell.Exec """C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"" -no-remote -P ""Session3"""

One thought on “Tired of Different Online Identities Following you Around?

    Alan said:
    August 13, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Great idea! 😀 Especially great because you can keep IE for production use and FF for alternative/customer/lab accounts.

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