Microsoft is adding an option that will allow people to use their Skype name to sign into other Microsoft services like Office, OneDrive, Outlook.com, and Xbox Live.
Starting next week, users will have an option to use their Skype name as a single sign-in — in some cases along with an email address — to access these services, officials said on Oct. 18.
I asked Microsoft what the coming changes mean to those who already have Microsoft Accounts. A spokesperson sent me the following:
Those — like me — who don’t currently use their Microsoft Account as their Skype account log ins will still be able to use their existing Skype account names if they choose but with the password normally associated with their Microsoft Accounts.
In other, easier to digest Skype news, Microsoft yesterday added the ability to do video calling to the Skype for Linux alpha test version that the company rolled out earlier this year. Microsoft officials said in July that video calling would be added “soon” to the Skype for Linux alpha app.
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