Skype has released a newer version of its app for Windows Phone 8 and added support for Microsoft Account enabling greater security features such as 2-steps authentication and password recovery.

The Microsoft account is a single sign-on web service by Microsoft, allowing users to log on, OneDrive, Office, Windows 8.1, Windows Phone, Xbox Live and third-party Microsoft account-enabled websites.

Now even new Skype user can register an account with Microsoft account credentials. Considering the security features provided by the Redmond developers, it’s recommended to sign up for Skype account using the credentials.

What will be changed?

  • You no longer need to remember multiple passwords as you can use the same email address – used for different Microsoft’s devices and services – by linking to your existing Skype account.
  • To search for a friend or contact, you no longer need to know his/her Skype name, but his/her email address will suffice.
  • Now all Skype users can rejoice enhanced password recovery and 2-step verification via email or SMS, optionally.

Alternatively, you can continue to use your existing Skype credentials as well as use Facebook account to sign up for a new account.

In addition, the developer team has also updated Skype for Windows Phone 8, bumping version to The updated app also incorporates single sign-on method, in addition to see when someone is typing a message, mark all as read in recent messages, and general fixes and improvements.