Of all Microsoft services, Skype has the distinction of being the one of the most prominent. The company regularly rolls out new enhancements and updates to the VoIP platform.

And one improvement that has been a long time coming was the integration of Microsoft accounts to allow Skype users to chat with friends. Well, the time has finally come, and Redmond has officially announced this just now.

Starting today, users can use their Microsoft account to register, meaning connecting with the service is now much more streamlined and easier than ever.

Pierre-Eric Jacoupy of Skype confirmed this in a blog post today:

“As of today, new users signing up on Skype.com can now register with a Microsoft account, which brings improved security and makes it easier for you to connect to your favorite Microsoft services.

As we shared earlier this year, if you are using other Microsoft devices or services like Xbox, OneDrive or Outlook.com, you already have a Microsoft account, which is the email and password you use to sign in.”

Microsoft account holders can also use their credential to sign into Skype on mobile devices.

This integration comes with a number of benefits, including increased security, two-step verifications and enhanced password recovery options to reset passwords via SMS or email. And obviously, fewer details to remember as these credentials can be used to log into all other Microsoft services.

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