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Skype for Windows Phone now requires a Microsoft account

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Skype for Windows Phone now requires a Microsoft account
Ever since Microsoft acquired Skype, Microsoft has been very slow to take over the app. Skype was integrated into Windows and Windows Phone relatively quickly, and Microsoft has slowly been pushing in the Microsoft account options. But, the new Skype update for Windows Phone has completely gotten rid of your old Skype login. Now, you are required to use a Microsoft account.

The new update has some other improvements including being able to see when someone is typing a message to you, and the usual general improvements and bug fixes. But, the main change is with the login. The change log says it is an effort to make signing in easier, and those signing up for Skype for the first time will have to use their Microsoft account as well. There is also an option for two-step authentication as well, if you really need security.

There's no indication whether or not this same change will be coming to Android or iOS though. It makes sense that this change would come to Windows Phone, and maybe even other Windows products, because those require Microsoft accounts in general. Changing this functionality on other platforms gets trickier, but it certainly isn't out of the question.

source: Skype

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posted on 26 Feb 2014, 19:46 4

1. Birds (Posts: 971; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Eeeeew Skype. We younginz' use Google Hangouts these days.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 19:54 4

5. akki20892 (Posts: 3302; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


CNN use Skype.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 20:33 5

6. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 691; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


Most of the world from big businesses to small businesses use Skype (including television networks... ESPN, CNN, Facebook, etc...) So once yall wise up... you may wanna start using big boy apps.

I am using an Android phone now and it is violating all my apps for information and data... They may have a rivaling application, but there is a reason Google Hangouts are reserved for less formal chit chat...

Not even going to start on Lync...

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:11

14. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3512; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


You can't expect for the same old four haters to wise up... They have special needs...

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 22:08

9. alterecho (Posts: 1072; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Skype is good. It seems to be untouched by Microsoft (which is why it remains good).

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 22:21 1

10. lucid.brat (Posts: 84; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


Than switch to Skype...u will enjoy it

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 19:47 4

2. fireblade (Posts: 657; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


what is skype?

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 19:53 4

4. akki20892 (Posts: 3302; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


You r making Skype's developer Sad :'(

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 19:51 1

3. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 691; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


It shouldn't make it trickier... I was prompted to join my MS account and Skype account a long time ago. So if a user is in that situation, the solution of merging works. If not, I don't see a reason why a Skype account wont work... Perhaps a link to create a MS account.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 21:01

7. elitewolverine (Posts: 1331; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Indeed a link. The same way gmail was the Trojan horse with android, this will be for MS.

I know people with old hotmails and msn accounts that don't even know they have access to much more services because they are so old accounts that never had to be tied with a smartphone like gmail does. (thanks gingerbread)

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 21:31

8. joey_sfb (Posts: 2727; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I thought I already have a microsoft account when I sign up hot mail 10 years ago which later extend to their sky drive.

So now another account is needed? Why don't they do silence integration less confusing.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 02:36

12. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 907; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


nah it will just merge it with your 10 year old account !

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 22:52 1

11. Bernoulli (Posts: 1436; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


This is old news, ever since I got my laptop this past Christmas Skype made me use my Microsoft account, I didn't mind but there's no news about this

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:09

13. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3512; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Skype.... Just another great MS service... Another reason why WP is awesome!

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