You may have seen our recent announcement about how you can now use your Skype name to sign into all Microsoft apps and services. You may also have noticed that sign-in screens for Microsoft accounts now mention you can enter your Skype name in addition to your email address or phone number:
This is cool! But if you’re like many Skype users, you have two account, a Skype account that you use to sign into Skype, and a Microsoft account (Outlook.com or Hotmail account) that you use to sign into to read your mail or access other Microsoft apps and services such as Xbox, Office 365, or OneDrive.
The good news is you can now consolidate these into a single account, which makes sign-in easier and improves the security of your account. Think of it this way:
· You’ll get a single password to sign into all Microsoft apps and services – one less thing to remember!
· You’ll get a better account protection for your Skype account. For example, you can use two-step verification to better protect your account against compromises.
· You’ll get a better account recoverability experience; in case you lose access to your Skype account (like if you forgot your password).
For these reasons, we strongly recommend that if you have a Skype account that you combine it with your Microsoft account. You can do this by adding your Microsoft account email address to your existing Skype account, or by adding another email address if you don’t already have one.
Until you do so, you won’t get the added benefits and security to your Skype account.
Updating your Skype account with an email address
When you decide to update your Skype account with an email address, take the following steps. Note that this is a one-time process.
2. Sign in with your Skype name.
3. We’ll ask you to update your Skype account with an email address –
a. If you have previously linked your Skype account with a Microsoft account, we’ll find it for you –
We’ll ask you to enter password for your Microsoft account and you’ll be done!
b. If your Skype account is already associated with a Microsoft account, we’ll find it for you:
When you click on Next, we’ll ask you to enter password for your Microsoft account and you’ll be done!
That’s it! You’re all set! You can now use your Skype name or your email address to sign into all Microsoft apps and services. Remember to use the password for your Microsoft account, regardless of whether you use your Skype name or email address to sign in.
Read more about how you can set up one account for Skype and other Microsoft services, and please share your thoughts and feedback with us!
Alex Simons (Twitter: @Alex_A_Simons)
Director of Program Management
Microsoft Identity Division