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|As an eager beaver I went out today and rolled a number of people over from MSN Messenger acocunts to skype. We ran into two critical flaws and as such I would urge everyone to wait until these have been resolved.
Issue #1 If you do not have a skype account and you migrate over to skype using the process you will end up with a generic Skype ID and you have no option to change it or pick one. Mine was Live:Vince_N yep. N being a sequential number. I was the Nth Vince to go through this process... with likely 300,000,000 more accounts to move over someone is going to end up with a really bad skype name that you can't change. I will include the support chat at the bottom of this as reference and to add some humour.
Issue #2 If you have an MSN and a Skype account and you migrate over using the process they recomend then your new Skype account will be crippled. The biggest issues I saw was anyone that merged there account is unable to be added to group chats with native skype users. You will not be able to backup or copy your MSN contacts that are now in skype and anyone that has you on skype will not be able to send your details as a skype contact. for example. Chris and I merge our MSN and Skype accounts. When I try to send Matthew Chris's contact details I can't. I can only send Matthew native skype contacts.
Now my guess is that issue #2 will be repaired at some point and possibly Issue #1 as well but I would wait or receomend the following process if you are desparate to migrate.
If you don'thave a Skype account
1 Backups your MSN contacts into a file or write them down on paper
2 Log into Skype and create a new skype account(do NOT merge your MSN account)
3 Add your MSN contacts one by one(There is no way to add bulk MSN contacts into skype accept via an address book like Outlook or Gmail etc..)
If you have both accounts
1) Just use skype and add you MSN contacts manually and kiss MSN good bye
Here is the clip from the support chat...
Hello! Welcome to Skype Live Support! My name is Rutty. How may I help you?
4:42:23 PM live:vince_N
Hi, I have a number of questions, the first is I merged my account and I never got a chance to pick a skype name and it gave me live:vince_N and to be honest it kind of sucks and I feel sorry for the the 69th vince that migrates there account. Is there a way to change my skype name?
4:43:05 PM Rutty T.
I understand that you would like to change your Skype Name. Am I correct?
4:43:38 PM live:vince_N
4:44:45 PM Rutty T.
Thank you for the confirmation. I'd be happy to assist you with this.
4:44:55 PM Rutty T.
But before we proceed, may I please have your Skype user ID and your name so I can address you properly?
4:45:34 PM live:vince_N
my msn address is XXX@XXX.COM, real name is Vince I am not sure what the skype userID is, is that the live:vince_N one?
4:47:25 PM Rutty T.
Thank you for the information, Vince. And yes, the live:vince_N will do.
4:47:30 PM Rutty T.
Could you hold for 2 to 3 minutes while I'll look up for your concern?
4:47:35 PM live:vince_N
4:49:10 PM Rutty T.
Thank you for patiently waiting.
4:49:15 PM Rutty T.
Upon checking your account, you have accidentally created a generated Skype account when you logged in to Skype using your Microsoft email address.
4:49:40 PM Rutty T.
That's why your Skype ID is starting with "live."
4:50:08 PM Rutty T.
Anyway, I would like to inform you that it is not possible to change that Skype Name.
4:50:20 PM Rutty T.
Even the normal Skype Name, Vince.
4:51:35 PM live:vince_N
I didn't accidentally do anything I was using messenger and it told me I needed to merge my accounts because messenger is being replaced by skype. Are you telling me that the 300,000,000 users of Messenger will have a skype name of live:firstname_somestupidnumber?
4:54:25 PM Rutty T.
Only if the users will sign in to Skype using their Microsoft account.
4:54:42 PM live:vince_N
I think thats going to be everyone
Well that was fun. I especially like the part where I accidentally created a generated account name
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