Microsoft has been focused on bringing its ecosystem in line on PC, Windows Phone, and Xbox lately. The latest step in this integration is now complete: new users can sign up for Skype with a Microsoft account.
Skype today also started letting new users signing up on Skype.com to register with a Microsoft account. There are some advantages to doing so, according to the company:
- Less to remember with just one email address to sign in to Skype and your other services: just click on the Microsoft account button to sign in with your email address and password.
- Enhanced password recovery experience, so you can now easily reset your password by receiving a security code sent by SMS or email.
- Optional two-step verification to help keep your account more secure.
Of course you can also still sign up with a Facebook account.
To ensure your account is safe, it’s recommended that users turn on two-step verification, as is always the case with any account online nowadays, especially when using the same account to access multiple services.
In addition to the above, Microsoft now includes account support in its Windows Phone app. Starting today, all Windows Phone users signing up to Skype for the first time on their Windows Phone will register with their Microsoft account.
You can experience this new integration for yourself here with your Windows Phone.