Skype begins rollout of Microsoft account registration requirement

When Microsoft decided to shut down Windows Live Messenger earlier this year in favor of Skype for its consumer chat service, it was also the start of a process that would eventually change how people sign up for Skype itself. A few days ago, the Skype team quietly revealed that it has started its rollout process that will eventually require all new Skype users have a Microsoft account to access the VoIP service, instead of a standalone Skype account.

The announcement was made in an official Skype blog post which stated:

This will be a gradual process, and throughout the rollout we will be listening and incorporating feedback from new users experiencing the Microsoft account registration with Skype for the first time. So let us know what you think!

This change is only for new Skype account registration signups. There's no word yet if current Skype users who don't use a Microsoft account will have to make a change at some point. The blog does point out that using a Microsoft account will offer better security and password protection than just using a Skype account, including the recently enabled option for two-step verification.

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About time!!! It's so annoying that Messenger contacts, fav contacts and connected services don't sync properly in the current Skype.

I don't understand what the big deal is with merging of this

You don't want them to know its you or something??
IF it bugs you that much, make a new one, and use it

Alternatives are not that great to be honest and people should have expected this, but to be fair, it will bear while before this hits current users, so worry about it then!

name.skype@outlook.com <-- This looks good to me

i've been on skype for 9 years. if microsoft request for registration for current users. i'm out. unlike 10 years ago, there are better alternative and i have no hesitation to move on to better service.

I switched from Skype to LINE in Windows 7-8, and Whatsapp to LINE in my iPhone, most of my friends have cheap Androids and they're using LINE too, the only thing I miss from skype is videocalls, (I can live without those), but the VoIP of LINE is awesome; calls are very clear and reliable on my PC and iPhone even on 3G or EDGE.

As far as i remember, there's only one way to use metro version of Skype on Windows 8/8.1 - with Microsoft Account. You can't sign in with standard Skype login nor sign out with MS Account because it's tied to local account. You want to sign out - end your Windows session or set status to invisible. And of course there's also that subtle suggestion durning OOBE time to create MS Account... What an improvement.

One thing that bugged me on the transition to Skype with Microsoft is they still give you a random name like yourname_123 for Skype instead of just using your Microsoft account like old messenger were you just connected nice and simple. Still very separate companies.

WooHoo!!! said,
One thing that bugged me on the transition to Skype with Microsoft is they still give you a random name like yourname_123 for Skype instead of just using your Microsoft account like old messenger were you just connected nice and simple. Still very separate companies.

Skype does the same thing for people that sign up using their Facebook accounts as well (not sure which genius thought of that) but, yeah....signing up with facebook gives you yet another randomname_1234 on Skype.

I think that the Skype name you were given was for compatibility. Looks like it will be removed in future in favour of a MS account

There is a huge advantage when both parties use a Microsoft account in Skype; they can send offline messages.

It isn't the case with Skype-to-Skype, Skype-to-MS or vice versa.

Alexander Nevrmind said,
MS would be making a big mistake is this applied to current users.

You do realize you can sign up a Microsoft account with your own e-mail address with Account aliases, right? Web version of MS Account won't let you use Account aliases, you have to do it in any login dialog box found in Windows 8 or 8.1!