What happens to my contacts when I link my Skype and Microsoft accounts?

When you link your Skype and Microsoft accounts, you’ll be able to get in touch with your Skype and Messenger contacts directly from Skype.


The following questions and answers will help you understand what happens to your contacts when you link your Skype and Microsoft accounts:

What happens to my Skype and Microsoft contact lists after I link my accounts?

After linking your accounts, your Microsoft contacts will appear in your Skype contact list and your Skype contacts will be displayed within your Microsoft account contacts. If you have a friend in your Skype contact list and also in your Messenger list, your contact will appear twice in Skype.

Can I block a Messenger contact?

Yes, you can block your Messenger contact from your People account. Learn more.

Can I send instant messages to my Messenger buddies from Skype?

After linking your Microsoft and Skype accounts, you’ll be able to see whether your Messenger buddies are online and instant message them directly from Skype. To do this, you’ll need to sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account.

Can I talk to my Messenger buddies on Skype after linking my Skype and Microsoft accounts?

Yes. When you sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account, you can call, instant message and send SMS text messages to mobiles of your Messenger buddies, even if they’re not on Skype. Learn more.

Can I add a Messenger buddy to my Skype contact list?

If the person you’d like to add has linked their Microsoft and Skype accounts, you’ll be able to add them to your Skype contact list. Just search for them using their Microsoft account details and send them a contact request.

After you add your Messenger buddies to Skype, you can enjoy all the great Skype features together. If they haven’t upgraded to Skype yet, you can recommend that they download and install the latest version of Skype for their device so you can reach each other even more easily.

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

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