Microsoft will remove option to sign in to Skype using Facebook account

The Skype revamp continues. (Source: Microsoft)
The Skype revamp continues. (Source: Microsoft)
The Skype desktop software and web interface will receive the update treatment soon to match the Android, iOS, and UWP applications. When this happens, the legacy feature to sign in using your Skype account will disappear so any accounts set up this way will need to be merged with a Microsoft Account before the update.

Microsoft has had a strong focus on renovating Skype over the last few months. The platform is being changed from the place you go to video call friends and family or text chat with colleagues, into a more social orientated service that shares similarities with Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger. Part of this revamp is the consolidation of separate Skype login methods under the banner of your Microsoft Account.

While the Android, iOS, and UWP applications all require the user to login with a Microsoft Account, the legacy desktop software (Windows/Mac) and web interface still allow logging in via a Facebook account. But the refresh treatment is coming soon to the desktop and web programs, so this functionality will disappear on the 10th of January 2018.

Similar to the method of combining an old Skype account with a Microsoft Account, a process has been set up for merging the Skype contacts, chat history, credit, Skype number, and subscription of a Facebook-enabled Skype account into a new or existing Microsoft Account.

For anyone affected by this change the steps to merge accounts are listed here.


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Craig Ward, 2017-11-28 (Update: 2017-11-28)
Craig Ward
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I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.