Published: Fri, November 23, 2018
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

You can now make Skype calls with an Amazon Echo

You can now make Skype calls with an Amazon Echo

Once enabled, you'll be able to start Skype calls by using phrases like "Alexa, Skype mom" or "Alexa, call dad on Skype".

"With Skype and Alexa, you can now connect with your friends and family around the world completely hands-free".

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.

As of this writing, the option to link Skype with Alexa doesn't appear to be live just yet within the Alexa app.

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

To incentivize linking your account, Microsoft is offering users 100 free minutes a month for two months after linking your account.

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. Select "Add a Skype account" and sign in with an existing account.

Once installed you can ask Alexa what's in the news, and Alexa will read you an excerpt from the most recent stories, which are regularly updated throughout the day on the RailAdvent website.

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.

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