Amazon and Microsoft make it easier for Indians to make a call

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

You can also make High-fidelity Skype video calls form the Echo Show and Echo Sport to Skype on Computers, Tablets or mobiles.

Credit: Tom's GuideMicrosoft has announced that you can now use Echo devices to make Skype calls.

Individual device makers will have to implement this new feature before customers can take advantage of it. Vizio, LG, and Hisense have already started doing that, and will be rolling out updates "in the next several months", Crum wrote.

To incentivize linking your account, Microsoft is offering users 100 free minutes a month for two months after linking your account. Alexa can now connect to your Skype account, allowing you to use Alexa as a voice controller for Skype.

Here are a few of the example commands from the Skype-Alexa website: "Alexa, Skype Mom; Alexa, call Dad on Skype; Alexa, pick up". You'll sign into your Skype account, and that's that.

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

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

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