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Amazon And Microsoft Make It Easier For Indians To Make A Call

While Microsoft started selling Amazon Alexa-based devices on its shopping website, on the other hand, Alexa has got an update that lets users call others via Microsoft’s Skype service. This adds to the users’ ease as they can make a call without touching their smartphones. This means you can give a voice command to your nearest Echo Dot to either make a voice call or a video call if you are using the Echo Spot or Echo Show.

“With Skype and Alexa, you can now connect with your friends and family around the world completely hands-free. Use Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo Dot to make hands-free Skype voice calls wherever Alexa and Skype are available or place high-fidelity Skype video calls from the Echo Show and Echo Spot directly to Skype on computers and mobile devices,” states the Microsoft Skype blog post.

All users need to do is to link their Skype account with Alexa. You can do this by setting up the Alexa device with the Amazon Alexa app. Go to Settings > Communication > Skype to link the account. Then sign in using the Microsoft credentials on Skype. You can use commands such as ‘Alexa, call Dad on Skype’ or ‘Alexa, Skype Mom’ to initiate a call.

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. Other countries will get it soon. It has been recommended that users should be on Skype version 8.34 or later.

A dedicated page about the feature confirms that users in India get 200 minutes of free calling. This means 100 minutes of international calling per month for two months.

The list of Alexa devices that are compatible with the new service include Amazon Echo (Gen 1), Amazon Echo (Gen 2), Echo Plus (Gen 1), Echo Plus (Gen 2), Amazon Dot (Gen 2), Amazon Dot (Gen 3), Amazon Show (Gen 1), Amazon Show (Gen 2) and Amazon Echo Spot. – gadgetsnow

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