How to Use Skype on Amazon Echo Devices

Amazon Echo devices are available in Microsoft’s offline and online stores

Amazon's Alexa-powered devices are certainly the market leaders in the smart speaker category.

Some of the Alexa devices that now support Skype. Meanwhile, Facebook has begun selling its Portal device, which does video-calling and very little else, making the arrival of Skype a major spoiler.

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. On the Echo Show, you'll be able to make video calls as well. Before this, you could only stream music from Pandora's online radio service.

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If you use Amazon Alexa to power on your TV with your voice, you might have noticed that this feature doesn't always work when your TV is in low-power mode. Once enabled, you'll be able to start Skype calls by using phrases like "Alexa, Skype mom" or "Alexa, call dad on Skype".

Following its initial announcement in September, it looks like Skype calling is almost ready to roll out to Amazon Echo devices.

You can call friends and family in up to 150 countries worldwide with Skype, and for a limited time when you link up your account with Alexa you receive 100 minutes of free calls per month for two months. There was just one problem - it wasn't available at launch.

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