Microsoft online services like Outlook, XBOX live, and Azure cloud are being enhanced to no longer support the most common passwords found in a “hacking dictionary”

http://www.seattletimes.com/business/technology/microsoft-bans-12345-and-other-commonly-used-passwords-to-increase-security/

Microsoft wants you to stop using “password” as your account password, and the company knows just how to do that — ban it outright.  The company wrote in a technical blog, noticed by online news site Mashable, that it will ban users from setting up some of the most commonly used passwords.  Microsoft hopes the practice will increase security for user accounts, as those with passwords such as “football” and “12345” are some of the most susceptible to hackers.

If users try to set up an account with many of the passwords found on the annual Worst Passwords List put together by SplashData, Microsoft will show a red warning that says, “Choose a password that’s harder for people to guess.”  The feature is live across commonly used Microsoft accounts such as Outlook and Xbox Live, and will soon apply to the Azure Active DirectoryCybercriminals use commonly used passwords to force their way into accounts, Microsoft director of program management Alex Simons wrote in the blog.