"If you have noticed some changes to the Skype sign-in screen, password change and account recovery flow, that's because these 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," officials added in a very short blog post today about the coming changes.
I asked Microsoft what the coming changes mean to those who already have Microsoft Accounts. A spokesperson sent me the following:
"Starting next week when this capability goes live, if you already have a Microsoft account, we recommend updating it with your Skype account. This lets you access Skype, Office, Xbox and other Microsoft services with a single account. After you update your Skype account to a Microsoft account, you can continue using your Skype Name, with your Microsoft account password to sign in, even for Skype. Please note that you can only update your Skype account to a Microsoft account once.
"However, if you don't have a Microsoft account, or want to keep things separate, you'll need to add an email address to your Skype account. This makes it easier to get back into your account if you forget your password."
Those -- like me -- who don't currently use their Microsoft Account as their Skype account log ins will still be able to use their existing Skype account names if they choose but with the password normally associated with their Microsoft Accounts.