A quick one for this evening.
According to unofficial news site, Google Operating System, Google is planning to bring multiple login support for its services. This might prove useful for people who may have multiple accounts to segment their activities (such as work, personal and junk).
Google isn’t the first to market with this sort of functionality though. Microsoft with it’s Windows Live platform has had the concept of “linked IDs“. With Microsoft’s service, you can link up to five accounts and switch between them fairly easily by clicking on your avatar in the top right hand corner of a Windows Live service.
There are a couple of drawbacks in enabling multiple login support such as the missing offline mode in Gmail. The other quirk is that when you use a Google service not yet enabled for multiple login support you will get bumped back to the original account that was used for authentication. Initially, the following services will be supported (which could make or break your decision):
- Google Calendar,
- Google Code,
- Google Docs,
- Google Reader,
- Google Sites.
Additional information is still somewhat scarce apart from that this feature will be available “soon”, so keep your eyes peeled!