Skype calling now available on Alexa

Amazon Echo devices now support Skype.
Amazon Echo devices now support Skype.

If you’ve got an Amazon Echo device, you’d soon be able to call your friends and family on Skype via Alexa – no matter what device they are using.

Microsoft, announced this week that Amazon’s Echo lineup will support basic calling on Skype; hardware with a screen like the Echo Show and Spot will support video calling.

Users will be able to make phone calls by simply saying, “Alexa, call dad.” The voice assistant can then dial up your dad’s Skype, mobile phone, or landline — she can even answer incoming calls with the command “Alexa, pick up.”

Alexa-enabled devices with a display like those in the Amazon Show and Spot collections support video calls in addition to traditional calling, all completely hands-free.

The feature can be set up on your respective device through the Amazon Alexa App available for Android and iOS. All you have to do is go into Settings, find the Communication tab, and tap Skype to sign into Skype with your Microsoft account. After doing so, you’ll be able to make worldwide calls by simply using your voice.

Skype calling through Alexa is already available in a handful of countries across the world with support gradually rolling out to other countries. Skype recommends that you update your application to version 8.34 or later for optimal callings and video calling experiences.

Edited by Neo Sesinye
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