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Microsoft Forcing Skype Users to Login with a Microsoft Account Only

It makes sense that Microsoft would want customers to use its own credential security system to access its products. By forcing customers into a single login, they gain access to all Microsoft services, and it frees the company from having to support and developer for multiple login services.

Microsoft has updated its Skype FAQ with new information about the Facebook account login ability to expire January 2018. Its highly possible that not many Skype users actually use a Facebook login for the communications service.

Microsoft says this in the FAQ…

As we continue to roll out the new Skype, we’re discontinuing the option to login via Facebook in January 2018 and will streamline all Skype logins via your Microsoft account. Using a Microsoft Account will enable you to login-in via single sign-in, unlocking all your Microsoft services – including Skype, Office Online, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive, and more – in one experience, with just one password. Currently, using your Facebook account to sign in to Skype is not supported on Skype for Windows 10, the new Skype for Android and iPhone, and the new Skype for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

To continue using Skype, either create a new Microsoft account or sign in with an existing Microsoft account if you already have one.

This is probably less of a deal than people will make it, but anytime something is taken away (no matter how insignificant it is), there will be cries of angst.

The FAQ also includes guidance on how to migrate Skype information stored under the Facebook login to a new Microsoft account.


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