Skype can now help you better keep in touch with family members

The Skype team has announced a new integration (opens in new tab) that will help family members stay connected using Microsoft's Family feature. Now, if you're already taking advantage of Microsoft Family with your Microsoft account, Skype will automatically add all of your family members to your contact list. A "My Family" group will also be added to your Skype list.

From Microsoft:

This new Skype feature creates a central location for everyone to send a quick message or jump on a group video call. The best part? There's no setup required. Family members will receive a notification when the group is created, and that group will appear in everyone's conversation history on whatever device they're using Skype.

In addition to the new Skype integration, Microsoft's Family feature lets you do things like share a dedicated family calendar on Outlook or keep an eye on your kids' activity online. You can learn more about how to add family members on Microsoft's account page{.nofollow}.

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  • Very useful feature as I had completly forgot to add my family members to my contacts in Skype (A program or app) that I use almost exclusivly to contact my family........ I think I am having an off day today, I seem to be mainly doing negative posts.  
  • Mine were already added, but the last week they all were blocked and I could not send-receive messages.  It took us a few days to figure out what was going on.  Thanks for the heads-up MS!
  • Would be a nice addition to the "MyPeople" bar.
  • Who is still using Skype!
  • there are a lot of people in this world you no :)
  • Who isn't would be an easier question and to simplify things, nearly everyone in the Fortune 500 and below. ;)
  • here... and lot of people, audio/video quality is stil the best
  • Thought it was now capable of connecting family members like! Ooooh, well still way behind the curve..
  • This is one of the things I like about Windows 10 mobile in that it integrated into the Microsoft family e.g. Store is set up for age, you can assign credit to a kids account and so on.
  • I use skype, but it's integration on mobile is ticking me off.  Everyone shows up at least twice in the People app, once for their normal entry, once for skype.  I link them together, but it seems every time there is an update, all the links get broken again and I have to link all my contacts all over.  I've stopped doing it just because it's getting bloody annoying.  Yet another thing that just worked perfectly in 8.0/8.1 but is a total mess in W10M.  
  • Totally agree, Skype used to be a great app but contacts have become a pain between Skype and Outlook duplications. I don't like the dumbed down approach to apps on Android but that is exactly what is needed on the Skype app in windows.
  • See the same thing ALL THE TIME.  Constantly switching, unlinking, and lately...BLOCKING MY FAMILY!
  • I just tried to find that in Skype, but it isn't there. Is it being rolled out?
  • But I want it to make me coffee.
  • This makes me remember of Family Room in Windows Phone..... and what happened to it.