With a Microsoft account, you can use Microsoft services such as Outlook.com, Hotmail, OneDrive or Xbox LIVE, with just an email address and a password. So if you’re using any of those, you already have a Microsoft account.
If you don’t have a Microsoft account yet, it’s easy to create one.
You can sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account and link it to your Skype account. Then you’ll be able to chat with your Messenger buddies directly from Skype and make free Skype calls to them.
To link your Skype and Microsoft accounts:
- Start Skype.
- Click Microsoft account.
- Enter your Microsoft email and password.* Check Sign me in when Skype starts if you want to sign in automatically with your Microsoft account every time you are starting Skype, then click Sign in.
*If you don’t have a Microsoft account yet, click Sign up now and follow the on-screen instructions. When you’re done, you can continue with the next step.
- Click I have a Skype account to sign in with your Skype Name and password.
- Enter your Skype Name and password, then click Sign in.
- You’ll see your Microsoft and Skype accounts side by side. If everything is OK, click Continue.
You’re now signed in to Skype with your Microsoft account and your accounts are linked.
To sign in to Skype next time, simply use your Microsoft account.
If you want to sign to Skype on another device, simply select the option to sign in with a Microsoft account and enter your Microsoft account details.
If you have more than one Skype or Microsoft accounts, for example a private and a business one, and you linked the wrong ones, you can easily unlink them, and then link the Skype and Microsoft accounts you want.