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.
Following its initial announcement in September, it looks like Skype calling is almost ready to roll out to Amazon Echo devices.
Here are a few of the example commands from the Skype-Alexa website: "Alexa, Skype Mom; Alexa, call Dad on Skype; Alexa, pick up".
But with this alliance continuing to grow, and Alexa now available as a Windows 10 UWP app to everyone, and very little new functionality for Cortana recently, we have to question whether its days are numbered.
Voice and video calls aren't new for Alexa. Now the user is ready to make Skype calls using voice any time easily without much fuss.
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Amazon Echo Smart Speaker owners will now be able to make Skype calls directly from the devices.
As of this writing, the option to link Skype with Alexa doesn't appear to be live just yet within the Alexa app. Then sign in using the Microsoft credentials on Skype.
For better, Video calling experience, it is suggested to update the Skype version to 8.34 or later.
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.