Skype for Windows Phone 8 updated; now requires Microsoft Account

Microsoft has released a new version (2.16) of its Skype app for Windows Phone 8. The update is significant in that it does away with logging into the app just with a Skype username and instead requires a Microsoft Account exclusively.

The company has been trying to move away from the old Skype username system for a while now, but until today Windows Phone 8 owners had a choice of using their Skype or Microsoft Account login. In a blog post today, the Skype team says that new Windows Phone users can simply access the Skype app with the same Microsoft Account info they registered when they got their device.

Current phone owners who have used their Skype login before today will now be prompted to sign into the app with their Microsoft Account email address and password first before typing in their old Skype name and password; this one time step will link both accounts together.

Besides the signup changes, version 2.16 of Skype for Windows Phone 8 finally lets users know if someone is typing a chat message to them before it appears whole also making the "Mark as Read" feature easier to find in the Recents list view.

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This is great news! Especially with Windows Phone 8.1 where it's a single sign-in. No more having to enter in your credentials so many times, you simply have to click "Allow"

This makes sense if the rumor of a new Skype app just for WP8.1 is going to become the default messaging app from now on.

Stop whining.
Using a Windows Phone without a Microsoft account is not practical and prevents you to use many features.

If you're that irritated, get an iPhone (same thing there) or an Android phone.
Bye.

What's the point of having that choice? This is a good thing and removes the need for keeping track of another login.

TheCyberKnight said,
Stop whining.
Using a Windows Phone without a Microsoft account is not practical and prevents you to use many features.

If you're that irritated, get an iPhone (same thing there) or an Android phone.
Bye.

I have a Blackberry actually

jakem1 said,
What's the point of having that choice? This is a good thing and removes the need for keeping track of another login.

Some people don't want a Microsoft account I guess (does not affect me)

TheCyberKnight said,
Stop whining.
Using a Windows Phone without a Microsoft account is not practical and prevents you to use many features.

If you're that irritated, get an iPhone (same thing there) or an Android phone.
Bye.

Thats funny.......... my iPhone only requires my itunes account to buy things not to use IM Programs or anything else so your argument is invalid..... Skype is not iMessage.... If anything, Android phones and tablets do require google accounts to do anything at all on them.

este said,

Some people don't want a Microsoft account I guess (does not affect me)

You really must not have thought this one through. Skype FOR WINDOWS PHONE = user already has a Microsoft account. This is really pretty pathetic.

zeroomegazx said,

Thats funny.......... my iPhone only requires my itunes account to buy things not to use IM Programs or anything else so your argument is invalid..... Skype is not iMessage.... If anything, Android phones and tablets do require google accounts to do anything at all on them.

Seriously? You don't think you have to use your Apple ID for anything but iTunes on an iPhone?

Even a direct comparison: Facetime - publish your phone number or use your Apple ID.

Mobius Enigma said,

Seriously? You don't think you have to use your Apple ID for anything but iTunes on an iPhone?

Even a direct comparison: Facetime - publish your phone number or use your Apple ID.

I use skype instead of facetime. the point is the iPhone doesn't force you to use its services. I like things that don't lock me down to communicating with only people on my own platform.

Xenosion said,

You really must not have thought this one through. Skype FOR WINDOWS PHONE = user already has a Microsoft account. This is really pretty pathetic.

I stated before that I have a Blackberry. Sprint's options for Windows Phones really sucks right now, unfortunately.

este said,

I stated before that I have a Blackberry. Sprint's options for Windows Phones really sucks right now, unfortunately.

Why is this even a valid response? Why don't you see the contradiction in what you're saying. So if you don't have a Windows Phone then the point still stands and you look like a fool for complaining in the first place.

Xenosion said,

Why is this even a valid response? Why don't you see the contradiction in what you're saying. So if you don't have a Windows Phone then the point still stands and you look like a fool for complaining in the first place.

Just stating that it should be an option. That's all. But I guess I get what you're saying

zeroomegazx said,

I use skype instead of facetime. the point is the iPhone doesn't force you to use its services. I like things that don't lock me down to communicating with only people on my own platform.

Neither does WP. Don't even install Skype if you don't want to use it. Go grab any of the 20 other VOIP/Messaging Apps.

About time! This will finally allow for proper integration into the Microsoft ecosystem to make it work like Messenger did (with presence indicators in all apps, and being able to IM/Call from any app too).

I think this makes sense as it means a better signing process plus it also Integrates better with all the apps and a all unified experience, to me I think Microsoft heading the right way plus as mentioned if u use a Microsoft account u will get more features.

Mr. Dee said,
Google requires a gmail account just for commenting on YouTube, so this should not be a big deal.

actually require G+ to comment and post videos on youtube ... it means be on social network

"don't be evil"

I used to use the Skype app for chatting with Skype users and the built in messenger for those with a Live account.
But now I'm back to having it doubled up. I want to skip Skype and only use the built in messenger. Skype app uses too much resources, it loads and unloads so much when opening and closing the app that it drains the battery a lot faster compared to using the built in messenger.
Is it possible to add Skype users to the messenger app? Like, log in on Live.com and send request that way?
Please, the Skype app is such a resource hog. Having to wait for it to load while the built in messenger app is much faster!

This is a pain in the backside. I have TWO Skype accounts, one for work, and one personal account. So I now have to have two Microsoft logins to be able to handle that? Can I switch between the two without creating another account for the phone? I know I can't on my Surface.

VERY inconvenient.

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