What is a Microsoft account?

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A Microsoft account starts with an email address and a password that are used to sign in to services such as Outlook.com, Skype, OneDrive and Xbox Live, as well as devices such as Windows 8 PCs, tablets and phones, and Xbox entertainment systems.

If you use an email address and password to sign in to these or other Microsoft services, you already have a Microsoft account; and you can now use it to sign into Skype, as well.

If you don’t have a Microsoft Account, it’s easy to create one.

You can sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account even if you already have a Skype account. If you already have an account, you can link it to your Microsoft account.

Learn more about how to link your Skype and Microsoft accounts.

Why sign in with a Microsoft account?

  • one less password to remember
  • one username and password to access multiple services
  • one place to keep in touch with all of your friends
  • enhanced security and privacy
  • even easier and more secure password recovery

The following questions and answers will help you get started with signing in to Skype with a Microsoft account:

Can I sign in to Skype with my Microsoft account on a device running an operating system other than Windows?

You can use your Microsoft account to sign in to Skype on various devices, even on those that aren’t running the Windows operating system.

So if you own a Mac, iPhone or an Android Phone, you can sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account just as easily as your friends using Windows computers or Windows Phone 8 devices.

What information is shared between my Skype and Microsoft accounts?

The Microsoft email address you use to sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account is also shared between your accounts. To find it:

  1. Sign in to your Skype account.
  2. Under Account details, click Account settings.
  3. Go to the Linked accounts section.

To protect your privacy and ensure your security, no other personal or billing details are shared between your Skype and Microsoft accounts.

Learn more about what happens when you sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account.

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