Today we’re releasing an update to Skype for Windows Phone 8, version 2.16. Back in September we announced new users signing up to Skype on Skype.com would be registered for a Microsoft account. With a Microsoft account you get additional security, privacy and improved password recovery. And with Skype for Windows Phone 2.16, we’ve brought these benefits to Windows Phone users too.
New to Skype?
Starting today, all Windows Phone users signing up to Skype for the first time on their Windows Phone will register with their Microsoft account. This is the email and password you entered when you first set up your Windows Phone – the same account you use for other Microsoft services like OneDrive and Outlook.com. Once you’ve set up your Microsoft account, you’ll use it to sign in to Skype on all your other devices too. Get more detailed instructions here.
Already using Skype?
We’ve had feedback from users asking us to make it easier to find people they already know on Skype and improve the password recovery experience. By linking your Skype and Microsoft accounts you can find friends just by searching for their email address and, if needed, you can recover your password easier than ever before. You’ll also get increased security and privacy as well as optional two step account verification for extra security.
Linking your Skype and Microsoft accounts is easy. The next time you sign in to Skype on your Windows Phone, use your Microsoft account email address and password instead of your Skype account – remember your Microsoft account is the email address you entered when you first set up your Windows Phone. Once you login with your Microsoft account, you’ll be prompted to enter the Skype name and password you were using before on the Skype for Windows Phone app., and this Skype name will be linked to your Microsoft account.
If you regularly use multiple Skype accounts, you’ll need to choose just one to link to your Microsoft account. You can create new Microsoft accounts to link to your other Skype accounts, if needed. Creating a new account is easy, just click here.
You only need to link your Skype name to your Microsoft account once, and all your Skype contacts, history and settings will follow you. Once you’ve linked your accounts, you’ll use your Microsoft account to sign in to Skype on your Windows Phone and all your devices. It’ll also be easier for your friends to find you on Skype – no need to give out your old Skype name, since contacts can now find you by your email address. Here is more information about linking your Skype account and Microsoft account.
Can’t remember your Microsoft account or password?
To find your account details on your Windows Phone go to: Settings, Email + Accounts, and your Microsoft account email will be shown under the heading Microsoft account. To reset your password, just go to: https://account.live.com/ResetPassword.aspx
What else is new in 2.16 for Windows Phone?
Following user feedback from our Windows Phone Ideas board we’ve launched a typing indicator on Skype for Windows Phone for the first time on mobile, so now you can see when someone is typing a message to you. We’ve also made the ‘Mark as Read’ option for new messages easier to find – you can now find the option in the Recents list view.
We’re always looking to improve your experience on Skype and pay close attention to your feedback. We’d love to hear your ideas for Skype for Windows Phone, so feel free to post them here, and to get the latest news and tips, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, or join us on the Skype Community.