Alexa, meet Skype: Amazon and Microsoft in tech tie-up

Skype calling arriving soon for Amazon Echo devices

Echo Show and Echo Spot are able to make Skype video calls.

It was already possible to make calls and video calls with Alexa devices, but Skype is a huge, cross-platform service, so being able to make calls with it through Alexa is a big get for Amazon and a potential selling point for Echo devices. Select "Add a Skype account" and sign in with an existing account. Skype is also proving 200 free minutes of Skype to Phone calling to 34 different countries on certain conditions, on the occasion of making Skype calling available with Alexa.

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To encourage users to link their Skype accounts with their Alexa devices, customers are being offered 100 free minutes of calls per month.

"Now, whenever a customer wants to power on a smart device, typically a TV or other entertainment equipment, that has gone into low power mode using only voice, they can simply say, 'Alexa, turn on my TV, '" Amazon Alexa Senior Product Manager Brian Crum wrote in a blog post. Integration is simple, you connect your Skype account either in the Amazon Alexa app or via the web interface at alexa.amazon.com. Now the user is ready to make Skype calls using voice any time easily without much fuss.

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Just when you thought Alexa could do everything, another major feature drops.

For better, Video calling experience, it is suggested to update the Skype version to 8.34 or later.

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