Microsoft brings its Skype calling feature to Amazon’s Alexa devices this week. This means users can now use Amazon’s Alexa -enabled devices to make calls via Skype service.
Skype calling feature on Alexa is currently available in few countries including the U.S., U.K., India, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and reportedly with support for other countries coming soon. Microsoft asks its users to update to Skype version 8.34 or later.
Amazon’s Echo range will get an access to Skype’s basic calling, and video calling support for Skype. The feature also lets Skype users call mobile and landlines in 150 countries using SkypeOut, and simply call contacts by saying “Alexa, call Mom on Skype” to start a call.
How to make a Skype Call
To get started, set up your Alexa device using the Amazon Alexa App for Android or iOS and follow these steps. Go to Settings > Communication > Skype to link your account and sign in using your Microsoft account that you use for Skype. When you integrate Skype with Alexa, you also get 100 minutes of free calls per month for two months to mobiles and landlines in 34 countries.
The Skype integration with Alexa is another step forward to strengthen the partnership between the two Seattle neighbors – Microsoft and Amazon. Also, Amazon recently launched Alexa app for Windows, Xbox One which supports Alexa now.