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When you sign in to or join Skype with your Microsoft account, your Skype contact list will include your Skype, Messenger and Facebook friends so you can get in touch with them directly from Skype. You can sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account on lots of different platforms.
You can also use your Microsoft account to access other Microsoft services such as Outlook.com and Xbox Live.
Important: If you're using Skype for modern Windows (on Windows 8 or 8.1), you already have a Microsoft account. You can link your current Skype account to this Microsoft account, or simply sign in with the same Microsoft account you use to sign into Windows 8/8.1.
The following questions and answers will explain the details of signing in to Skype with your Microsoft account:
Whether you’re new to Skype or you already have an account, it’s easy to start using a Microsoft account to sign in to Skype.
Find out how to link your Skype and Microsoft accounts on your device.
It’s easy to sign in after linking your accounts. Simply use your Microsoft account details – your email address and password – to sign in both to Skype and to your Microsoft account.
When signing in to Skype, look for this option:
This will take you to the Microsoft account sign-in:
Yes, it’s perfectly safe to sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account. Besides improved safety, you’ll also be able to recover your password even faster and easier should you forget it.
Nothing changes once your accounts are linked. You can purchase any Skype product when you sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account just as you would when signing in with your Skype Name.
You cannot buy Skype products from your Microsoft account, for example from Outlook.com, as any Skype purchase must be made either from the Skype application or from our website.
Learn more about the payment methods you can use to purchase Skype products.
To manage the Skype products you purchased, such as Skype Credit or subscriptions, you need to sign in to your Skype account.
Similarly, you’ll need to sign in to your Microsoft account to manage your Microsoft subscriptions and other Microsoft products such as Xbox Live or Zune Pass subscriptions.
Linking your Skype and Microsoft account does not link your billing information. Your credit card information, billing address and other billing related details will be used only on the account where you entered it.
To protect your privacy and ensure your security, only your email address and contacts are shared between your Skype and Microsoft accounts.
Your Microsoft account primary email address will be automatically used within Skype. If you change your Microsoft account email address, you will be able to sign in to Skype using your new primary e-mail address.
It may take several hours before your new e-mail address displays to your Messenger buddies from your Skype contact list.
When you sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account, you'll see your contacts just like you usually do. Learn more.