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Microsoft has announced a new update to Skype for Windows and Mac which means users can now log in to Skype using their MSN Messenger account. This means that if you've got an MSN account, you can see when others are online and chat with friends who are using Messenger, Xbox, Hotmail or Outlook.com.

Skype has also been updated to be better integrated with Facebook. You can now sign in directly to Skype with your Facebook account details, without even having to create a Skype account.

If you sign in with a Microsoft or Facebook account you will be offered the option to link your Skype account.

If you choose the link option then Skype will display a combined list of friends although, Microsoft has encouraged feedback from users if they experience problems with this.

You can also now open conversations in separate windows via Preferences, although there have been no significant changes to the overall Mac interface which some users will be disappointed with. Note that the new update is in beta so some features may be temperamental.

Don't forget to check-out our Getting Started with Skype guide if you're new to Skype.

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  • Paula Barefoot |
    19/09/12
    Paula Barefoot

    I've just been waiting for MS to screw up Skype since buying it.. I hope this doesn't! I've used Skype as my long distance phone service since the original company in (I think it was) the Netherlands. When it became part of the eBay, Paypal empire I also worried but they had the sense to not mess with something so successful. I was somewhat surprised but glad. I have no such faith in MS! I understand I can make calls on gchat at no charge. Guess I'd better try it to make sure. I'm legally blind and have had 3 email clients "improve" themselves right out of usability to me, already, and that is in just 6 yrs of learning to use a computer, though I built and am still upgrading this one. I was planning to upgrade it to Win7 Ultimate but worry about it with Win8 coming out so soon. I'll go to Linux Ubuntu before I'll use 8! I'm holding my nreath just waiting for MS to screw up yet another good deal!

  • mujeeb abdulla |
    01/10/12
    mujeeb abdulla

    skype free download

  • Raman deep kaur |
    15/10/12
    Raman deep kaur

    Goooooooo

  • mansor nagi |
    31/10/12
    mansor nagi

    Thank you for the program

  • Carole jedyk |
    23/12/12
    Carole jedyk

    I will love it the program

  • Carole jedyk |
    23/12/12
    Carole jedyk

    cause met new people

  • metromary1 |
    26/12/12
    metromary1

    lost msn messenger and my friends are not listed on skype

  • metromary1 |
    26/12/12
    metromary1

    friends from msn messenger dis not appear on skype

  • skype name is metromary1 |
    26/12/12
    skype name is metromary1

    please fix skype with my msn messenger friends

  • richard37 |
    05/01/13
    richard37

    Skyp

  • Ellymay |
    09/01/13
    Ellymay

    msn messenger is now gone with all my contacts which didn't transfer so now what?

  • Barry |
    23/01/13
    Barry

    Ive used skype in the past an i was far from impressed. Ellymay has now lost her contacts. I'm Still not impressed.Im going to stick with the msn msg version untill it stops working completely. Rule of thumb , if it isn't broke dont fix it Good luck

  • Andrew |
    04/02/13
    Andrew

    My MSN was deleted and none of my friends transferred from MSN to Skype. Good job, now I lost half my contact-list, have to re-download MSN, and then manually add back the people whose email I actually remember.

  • to |
    04/02/13
    to

    Go

  • sunil arora |
    05/02/13
    sunil arora

    not solf my problum

  • MDAHIR |
    09/02/13
    MDAHIR

    SKY IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO COMMUNICATION OF PEOPLES THANKS A LOT

  • mudassar subhani |
    09/02/13
    mudassar subhani

    gooooooooooooooood

  • robert clarke |
    10/02/13
    robert clarke

    now that i have downloaded skype it has transferred my contacts over dont know how to open new messenger or windows live have a message for a contact dont know how to open it just want to delete everything it is all too confusing

  • Carmen |
    16/03/13
    Carmen

    Hey anyone

    Do you have a Skype?

  • ted davis |
    08/04/13
    ted davis

    now i can't send emails to my messenger contacts only the three with skype

  • abdulk.yousufi |
    08/04/13
    abdulk.yousufi

    I am last with skype and my Email contact

  • Raneem |
    20/04/13
    Raneem

    I am last with skype and my Email contact

  • giorgos |
    25/04/13
    giorgos

    I lost all my7 msn contacts!!!

  • angelina |
    29/04/13
    angelina

    i lost my msn contacts...how can i fix

  • Zilda Correia |
    02/05/13
    Zilda Correia

    My MSN was deleted and none of my friends transferred from MSN to Skype!I lost all my msn contacts!!!

  • PK |
    09/05/13
    PK

    I don't like the fact that we HAVE to use this new skype thing.. I hate it ... I want my OLD windows live back ... If i wanted Skype i would have put it on my computer .. This s*cks

  • skypehater |
    31/05/13
    skypehater

    gosh how i hate it ..

  • mateo ilagan |
    07/06/13
    mateo ilagan

    is it free download

  • dani |
    21/06/13
    dani

    skype can't add contact address hotmail why

  • Craig |
    23/06/13
    Craig

    well i agree with alot of these people's comments I had alot of e-mail address that were lost as well,I'm forced to use skype Instead of my msn and I only have one person that which was switched over to skype and nobody else,I really hate skype as I can't figure out how to put the rest of my contact adresses to skype which was to do automantaly but didn't! why did they retire msn messager I had no problems with It, and with skype it doesn't let you know If someone send you a new e-mail like msn did!!

  • LeicsDom |
    12/08/13
    LeicsDom

    All my MSN contacts have been lost except those that have transferred over to Skype.

    As is usual with Microsoft, they have messed up aperfectly serviceable product to justify buying one which doesn't directly replace it

  • give 'em back |
    20/08/13
    give 'em back

    Today skype went offline and deleted all my msn contacts :(

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