You can now make Skype calls with an Amazon Echo

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You can then give your Echo commands to call people on Skype; a device with a screen and a camera will default to a video call, while a regular Echo will make a voice call. From today Alexa enabled devices will be able to make calls just by saying "Alexa call Dad on Skype" if you want to call your Dad or anyone else for that matter from your contacts. Now sign in using the same Microsoft account that you use for Skype.

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

To that second point, Microsoft has just announced that Skype calling is now available via Alexa, with Amazon's Echo hardware supporting basic Skype calling.

Set up your Alexa device using the Amazon Alexa App for Android or iOS.

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According to Microsoft, Skype calling is compatible with all Echo devices release thus far, going back to the first generation Echo.

It's great to see devices like the newest Echo Show able to join existing video conferencing solutions instead of going it alone with their own systems.

To add Skype to Alexa, users will have to link their accounts in Alexa's settings. 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. It has been recommended that users should be on Skype version 8.34 or later.