Starting Next Week Sign-in Microsoft Services with Skype Name - Premium Preview Open

If you have noticed some changes to Skype sign-in screen, password change and account recovery flow, it's because these are now managed by Microsoft. Premium Preview opens to all customers in US.

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The Skype team recently made a few changes to the look and feel of Skype account in an effort to bring Skype and Microsoft more closer together, and has announced that "soon users will be able to use their Skype Name to sign into other Microsoft services like Xbox, Office and OneDrive."

These changes to the Skype sign-in screen such as password change and account recovery flow, are now managed by Microsoft. "None of these changes will affect your ability to use Skype — as usual, you can still sign in using your Skype Name."

On Tuesday October 18, Skype said that starting next week, users with a single sign-in, will be able access multiple Microsoft service such as Xbox Live, photos and documents through OneDrive. Additionally, email's can also be checked, and of course "can also connect with friends and family on Skype," the team wrote.

To get started, users will need to update their Microsoft account with a Skype account. However, keep in mind, that you can update a Skype account to a Microsoft account "only once." After updating, users can continue using their Skype Name, with Microsoft account password to sign in.

So, what if you don't have a Microsoft account, or want to keep things separate, the team suggest to "add an email address to Skype account," to easily get back into your account incase if you forget your password.

In other Outlook news, a public preview for Premium is quitely opened now costs about $19.95, and comes with an ad-free experience along with custom domains.

The cost of the Premium is $19.95 for the first year. It then priced at $49.99 per-year. The Premium subscription auto-renew annually at the then current prices.

Additionally, the subscription include a personalized email address and a custom domain free during the first year, Microsoft notes, adding, "additional charge will be charged per year to renew the domain name at "then current prices".

Please note, custom domain is optional, and is selected during the registration process. Also worth noting, "users won't own the domain, it's Microsoft that retains ownership. Because, it's Microsoft that "buys the domain on your behalf."

The Premium service is available to every users in the United States. You can sign up for the Premium preview here. Premium Preview

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