Google Multiple Sign-In Finally Arrives

Google now lets you sign in to multiple accounts in a single browser.

Google has finally solved a minor annoyance:  The need to sign out of one account — or open a different browser — to log in to another.

When you go to the Google accounts page, you might see a new option: “multiple sign-in”. If you don’t see the new feature, it will probably be enabled soon.

After clicking on the “change” link, Google informs that this is an advanced feature and that it will only work for Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Sites, Google Reader, Google Voice, App Engine and Google Code. When multiple sign-in is enabled, a drop-down is displayed next to your email address at the top of the page, so you can quickly switch to a new account.

Obviously, this is of value only if you have more than one Google account.   And this actually doesn’t solve my biggest need in this regard, since Google Analytics isn’t yet supported.   But this is useful, say, for families who want to void having to log in and out for each family member.

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