Published: Thu, November 22, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

Skype calling comes to Alexa devices, furthering Amazon and Microsoft’s surprising partnership

Skype calling comes to Alexa devices, furthering Amazon and Microsoft’s surprising partnership

To setup Skype calling on Alexa, you'll need to open the Alexa app and go to Menu Settings Communication. Echo Show and Echo Spot are able to make Skype video calls.

Microsoft's Cortana assistant is reportedly becoming more of an assistance aide than a standalone service, being moved from Microsoft's AI + Research department to its Experiences & Devices Team and working with Amazon to pair it with the latter company's Alexa technology.

Alongside its refreshed hardware lineup, Amazon (and Microsoft) announced back in September that Skype calling was coming to Alexa devices later in the year. Now the user is ready to make Skype calls using voice any time easily without much fuss. Select "Add a Skype account" and sign in with an existing account.

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Customers are being offered 100 free minutes of calls per month to link their Skype account to their Alexa account

As of this writing, the option to link Skype with Alexa doesn't appear to be live just yet within the Alexa app. Now, per Engadget, Microsoft seems to be encouraging customers to just buy Alexa-powered tech like the recently released Echo Dot and regular Echo and use Cortana through it. Other countries will get it soon.

Furthermore, in addition to audio and video calling, Skype is also providing the ability for the Alexa users to call most of the landlines and mobiles numbers using Skype to phone, even for global calls. It has been recommended that users should be on Skype version 8.34 or later.

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