Skype usernames are on the way back, currently 'in progress'

Skype on iOS
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What you need to know

  • Skype usernames will return to Skype in the future.
  • A Skype Community Manager states that the feature is "in progress."
  • The same manager adds that there are technical and legal blockers in the way right now.

Skype usernames are on the way back, according to a Skype forum. Skype Community Manager, Petr, states that Microsoft is still working on bringing back usernames to Skype in a Skype forum. Petr responded to a piece of feedback from December 2018, so the feature has been in progress for a while.

Petr states that there are "many blockers for [the Skype team], both technical and legal but it is in progress."

Skype usernames may be seen by some as an odd addition, considering that Skype has a large base of professional users and usernames are often used casually, but one comment points out that usernames allow you to keep the same account without showing a silly email address that you used as a kid.

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4 Comments
  • User names is the least of Skype's troubles. It feels like a poorly written beta the developer has abandoned.
  • That has been ongoing for practically aeons.
  • "...but one comment points out that usernames allow you to keep the same account without showing a silly email address that you used as a kid." Umm, that's what Microsoft account email aliases are for. It's a shame that more users don't seem to know about this very useful feature. I guess since Gmail doesn't have this, many people simply don't consider the possibility.
  • I like Skype a lot, but have only one friend who occasionally uses it to communicate with me while at work. If Skype had RCS/SMS fallback, it would immediately replace Google Messages as my default message app. I see a lot of complaints about Skype, but I don't understand what's not to love? I'd be interested to hear some of the actual flaws or shortcomings that generate these complaints.