Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Amazon and Microsoft team up to bring Skype calling to Alexa devices

Skype calling arriving soon for Amazon Echo devices Skype calling comes to Alexa devices, furthering Amazon and Microsoft’s surprising partnership
Kelvin Reese | 23 November, 2018, 03:24

If you're reading this, you're obviously interested in Amazon's Echo hardware which includes the all-mighty Echo Dot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, the regular Echo speaker and more.

Like Alexa's built-in voice calling feature, the Skype skill will only be offered in just a handful of countries at launch - but, thankfully, the US, UK, India, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada are all on the list.

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Some of the Alexa devices that now support Skype. To start using the services, the user needs to link Skype with their Alexa account and then follow the instructions mentioned below. Moreover, for a limited time, Microsoft and Amazon throw in 100 minutes of free calls per month for two months for those who link Skype with Alexa. Some of these are Prime-exclusive devices, meaning that they come pre-loaded with some additional Amazon apps, but that's a small trade off for some of these discount amounts. Skype can be activated through the Amazon Alexa app, through the Communications tab within Settings.

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. Now sign in using the same Microsoft account that you use for Skype. It has been recommended that users should be on Skype version 8.34 or later.

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