Today’s post was written by Gaurav Sareen, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft.
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 using voice.
Users can make outgoing Skype voice and video calls, accept incoming Skype calls, and even make SkypeOut calls to most phone numbers around the world. For example, simply say, “Alexa, call Jimmy on Skype,” or if Jimmy is calling you on Skype, say, “Alexa, answer.”
Alexa users will soon be able to take advantage of the high-quality Skype network across the globe to easily connect with others from any device type such as PC, mobile phone, and Xbox.
This is the next step in the collaboration between Microsoft and Amazon to deliver delightful customer experiences through voice, which began with joining Cortana and Alexa. Since then, we’ve added Alexa integration on Xbox and are continuing to work together to bring the best of Skype and Alexa together to enable intelligent communications for our users.
We’re excited to continue bringing the best of Microsoft and Amazon together.
Skype calling on Alexa will begin rolling out later this year. Feel free to share your feedback and get the latest news and tips by following us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Also, please join us in the Skype Community.