How to Use Skype on Amazon Echo Devices

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

Well, it's later in the year, and the new functionality is rolling out starting today.

After you've connected your Skype account, Amazon's Echo devices will be able make and receive hands-free Skype calls (and on Fire Tablets, which can run in "Show Mode").

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.

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Go to Settings / Communication / Skype to link your accounts. It is worth noting that Skype calling with Alexa is available in India along with other countries including US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Now the user is ready to make Skype calls using voice any time easily without much fuss. First your smart speaker or smart display needs to already be set up using the Alexa app for Android or iOS. Once enabled, you'll be able to start Skype calls by using phrases like "Alexa, Skype mom" or "Alexa, call dad on Skype". This means 100 minutes of worldwide calling per month for two months. It has been recommended that users should be on Skype version 8.34 or later. Amazon's older Echo Spot had video calling capabilities, but it only worked between Spot devices.

To use Pandora on Alexa devices, just begin a command with "Alexa" followed by asking her to play either Pandora or a specific song, album, or genre that you want.

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