In September, we announced the beginning of a new sign up process for first time Skype users. And today, we’re excited to share details on our progress as well as the next step we’re taking to bring the benefits of Microsoft account to everyone who uses Skype.
As you might already know, when you sign in to any Microsoft device or service with your Microsoft account, your personal settings, contacts and other information meet you there. So whether you’re having fun on Xbox Live, accessing your photos and docs through OneDrive, checking your email on Outlook.com, or now connecting with your friends and family on Skype, your one Microsoft account is all you need.
More Great News if You’re New to Skype
As of today, new users signing up on Skype.com can now register with a Microsoft account, which brings improved security and makes it easier for you to connect to your favorite Microsoft services. As we shared earlier this year, if you are using other Microsoft devices or services like Xbox, OneDrive or Outlook.com, you already have a Microsoft account, which is the email and password you use to sign in. And, of course, if you’ve signed up for a Microsoft account, you can use it to sign in to Skype on your mobile device. Alternatively, new users can still register for Skype with a Facebook account.
What’s New if You’re Already a Skype User?
Listening to users is really important to us here at Skype. Recently, we’ve heard a lot of you saying that you’d like to be able to more easily connect on Skype to the people you already know and that you’d like a better experience in case you lose your password or Skype name. So for those of you friend connectors and password forgetters, we have great news: Microsoft accounts offer all these great benefits:
– Less to remember with just one email address to sign in to Skype and your other services: just click on the Microsoft account button to sign in with your account email address and password
– Enhanced password recovery experience, so you can now easily reset your password by receiving a security code sent by SMS or email
– Optional two-step verification to help keep your account more secure.