Microsoft Skype Test: Can You Solve the Puzzle 10 times to Use the Service?

Microsoft is using an annoying puzzle captcha for Skype on Microsoft Accounts that must be solved 10 times before accessing the app.

New users who are signing up to 's Skype service need to ask themselves just how much they want to use the communication app. According to reports from users on , they must solve a puzzle before registering. It gets worse, they must solve the puzzle 10 times!

Of course, captcha's are common and a base level of security for weeding out bots during a sign-up process. That Skype has one if hardly a surprise. What is surprising is just how annoying this captcha is. Again, annoying captcha's are par for the course, but Microsoft is really taking it to the extreme.

It seems new users coming to Skype must complete the captcha puzzle 10 times before being allowed to progress. This is a dangerous game Microsoft is playing because there is no doubt that many people will just not bother and ditch Skype before they even get started.

The issue came to my attention from BleepingComputer, which carried out tests to confirm the annoying captcha is real. Naturally I wanted to see for myself, so off to Skype I went with a secondary email to try and sign up.

Account Dependent

Using a account, I was greeted by the puzzle even after I verified my email address. However, I was able to then sign in after a classic image captcha. My understanding is the situation with needing to solve multiple puzzles comes when you attempt to set up a new Microsoft Account alongside a new Skype account.

Not only is it frustrating to need to solve a puzzle 10 times, users report the puzzle is a head scratcher and hard to solve. 10 times just seems like overkill.

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