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  1. Bring back USERNAMES

    Allow us to change Skype username!

    906 votes
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    266 comments  ·  Profile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you all who voted for this request! We have recently made changes which should allow you to see your Username. On Skype 8 You can see it in Settings > Account & Profile under Skype Name field.

    In case you created an account using email or phone number you will see your username as live:emailid or live:uniqueidentifier.

    No exact release date is available but we are working on adding support to allow users to customize their user name. I’ll keep you posted as we move closer to release

    - Petr

  2. Skype Username / Skype ID

    Skype should allow users to set/keep Username/Skype ID of 'will'. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram allow users to set/keep Username of 'will'

    63 votes
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  3. Request to Add more available Status

    Request to Add more available Status

    Require few more status like Away or Be right back

    51 votes
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    11 comments  ·  Profile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Over the past few months you were asking us to improve Skype statuses. We have heard your feedback loud and clear and we plan to make status messages an integral part of your presence. Check out the link below for more details. I’ll post an update when it’s available.

    - Petr

    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/skype/forum/skype_featurems/bringing-you-more-control-over-your-skype-status/fd40b538-9f61-4972-bf70-05af53316626?page=15

  4. Skype Name

    Hello Skype.

    There needs to be an option to change the Skype Name as if you have logged into Skype through email or phone for 1st time, it gives you a very weird Skype Name which you cant share with anyone considering the size and Non User Friendly Name.

    42 votes
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  5. i want to be able to create my own unique username in skype

    I want to ability to change my username in skype to my own unique username of my choice.

    27 votes
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  6. Gender

    Offer other options under 'gender' for profile. Just offering 'male' and 'female' is outdated and excludes a large minority of people who are not either and are happy to disclose their gender. If Skype/Microsoft wishes to be seen as inclusive and progressive, then they will offer other options than just 'Other', for e.g. 'Non-Binary'. There are many academic studies that more than suggest the need for more inclusive demographic/profile forms, and many agencies, organisations and even governments who are making positive steps to be more inclusive with demographic information. Microsoft as a major influencer should at least keep up with…

    24 votes
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    5 comments  ·  Profile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We definitely understand the need here and really appreciate your feedback! As an open minded company we believe in the transformative power of diversity and inclusion, and we strive to create an environment that improves your Skype experience. Thanks for helping improve Skype!

    - Petr

  7. Skype Name Change

    I have created a skype account a very long time ago and i used an informal skype name that i right now don't like, i would suggest there should be added such an option for changing the skype name. i feel uncomfortable using that skype name in my resume and cv, kindly add such feature so that one like me can change the skype name. Thankyou

    23 votes
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  8. Change Usernames? (change the name others use to add you)

    Please add a feature that allows us to change our username! Yes we can change our display name, but some people have their lastnames in their usernames, and we wanna change them! Thanks!

    20 votes
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  9. Keep Status of Skype intact

    Please update Skype to keep my status as "Away", like i used to be able to do in older versions of skype (v 7.4).

    how to keep myself "Away" permanently if i wish, the way the old skype worked, where you could set it once and it remained that way until you changed it to another status regardless if you signed out or not.

    18 votes
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  10. Birthday

    add an option to hide birthday from know or unknown people

    17 votes
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  11. Open the option to Choose A USERNAME please..

    Allow to choose a username while creating a fresh account. Now I cannot do anything, just a username like live:::bla blah This is NOT good

    16 votes
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  12. Skype Username

    Remove the CID silly username. NOT professional. I will be forced to use another service
    Bring back usernames.

    15 votes
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  13. Changing Skype Name

    I need to change Skype Name. Please help me out for this. At least through your customer support team by collecting proper reason.

    15 votes
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  14. Ability to change Skype login name (not display name)

    I understand that Skype does not allow me to change my Skype name, but considering my account is a decade old, I now find that the account name I have chosen to be offensive and does not reflect what I personally represent. Even though it might not be visible to contacts, it upsets me when I have to use my Skype name to log in.

    And also, now that Microsoft has acquired Skype, my Skype is linked to my Microsoft account so I won't be able to delete my Skype account and start a new one without deleting the associated…

    15 votes
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  15. 14 votes
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  16. 14 votes
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  17. Merging Skype accounts

    It is essential to be able to merge Skype accounts AND to be able to change a Skype name. Two accounts with the same Skype name could be merge automatically after security questions.

    12 votes
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  18. 12 votes
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  19. Display both Skype Real Name and Custom Name

    Since we can easily change custom skype names, I think it is more useful to display skype real name of the user too, to avoid confusions.

    12 votes
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  20. 11 votes
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