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19:06  19 november  2018
19:06  19 november  2018 Source:

Skype calling is coming to Amazon’s Alexa devices

  Skype calling is coming to Amazon’s Alexa devices Available later this year.

Skype calling on Alexa will be available “later this year,” says Microsoft, and it follows a preview of Alexa and Cortana integration that’s available across Echo devices, Xbox One, and Windows 10 PCs. Microsoft and Amazon first partnered together for Alexa and Cortana last year, and it’s clear from this

We are excited to bring Skype calling to Alexa devices, so users can easily communicate with their friends and family from their Echo devices, simply Users can make outgoing Skype voice and video calls , accept incoming Skype calls , and even make SkypeOut calls to most phone numbers around

Skype calling now available on Alexa

Microsoft is bringing its Skype calling service to Amazon’s Alexa-enabled devices this week. Amazon’s Echo range will be able to access Skype’s basic calling, and hardware like the Echo Show will also include video calling support for Skype. This integration also lets Skype users call mobile and landlines using SkypeOut, and simply call contacts by saying “Alexa, call Tom on Skype” to activate a call.

The Skype and Alexa integration follows Microsoft’s increasingly close partnership with Amazon for Alexa, Cortana, and Xbox integration. The Xbox One now supports Alexa, and Amazon has launched its own Alexa Windows 10 app to bring the digital assistant to all PCs. Microsoft also just started selling Amazon’s Echo devices in its retail stores in the US this weekend.

Amazon reports over 100 million Alexa devices sold.
Amazon is notoriously reluctant to share how well Alexa is doing in the marketplace -- at best, you get vague boasts about its devices being the "most gifted." Now, however, it's providing more meaningful figures. The company's Dave Limp told The Verge in an interview that over 100 million Alexa-equipped devices have sold to date. It wouldn't say how many of those are its own devices or break products down by category, but the data suggests plenty of people have Alexa-capable devices in their homes. The company is sold out of Echo Dots through January, Limp added. The stats don't provide a full picture of Alexa's reach.

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