There have been a lot of shifts with the Microsoft-owned Skype team recently with the long-term goal of bringing development of the VOIP service closer to Windows 10. One of those changes is being announced by Microsoft today, and it has to do with the sign-in process.
Currently, you can sign into Skype using your original Skype name or your Microsoft Account. Going forward you will be able to do the reverse: sign into other Microsoft services (OneDrive, Xbox Live, etc.) with your Skype name. From the Skype Blog:
This shift is a nice streamlining effort that will likely benefit Skype users who are currently not deep into other Microsoft services. One of the biggest obstacles in getting people to switch to services is the barrier to entry including signups and logins. By letting Skype users sign into Microsoft services with no barrier, it should make it much easier to do more in Windows 10.
Skype always was the outlier in the Microsoft Services world regarding accounts. With this single sign-in to access all Microsoft services, Skype user accounts are now only different on the surface.
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