Skype for Windows Phone now requires a Microsoft account

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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13 Comments

1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

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

5. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

CNN use Skype.

6. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 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...

14. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

9. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

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

10. lucid.brat unregistered

Than switch to Skype...u will enjoy it

2. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

what is skype?

4. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

You r making Skype's developer Sad :'(

3. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 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.

7. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 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)

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

12. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

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

13. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

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