Microsoft and Amazon are strengthening their partnership by introducing Skype calling to Amazon Alexa devices later this year. Both the companies announced this news on September 20, 2018, the same day Amazon brings up a new series of its devices at the annual Hardware event.
“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,” said Gaurav Sareen, corporate vice president for Microsoft. “We’re excited to continue bringing the best of Microsoft and Amazon together.”
From now on, Alexa users will be able to make outgoing voice and video calls, you can accept incoming calls and can also make SkypeOut calls to most of the phone numbers all over the world. According to Microsoft executives, the users just have to say “Alexa, call Jimmy on Skype,” or to say “Alexa, answer” in case of the coming skype call.
“Amazon, Skype, and Microsoft have had a collaborative relationship to bring customers new experiences such as Skype and Bing on Fire tablets, Alexa on Xbox, as well as integrating Alexa and Cortana. Allowing customers to link Skype with Alexa was a natural extension of our work together and we can’t wait for customers to try it out,” said a spokesperson in a statement.
Skype calling feature is coming on Alexa later this year, said the Microsoft, and it will follow a preview of Alexa and Cortana integration which is available all across Echo devices, Xbox One, and Windows 10 PCs. Microsoft and Amazon first collaborated for Alexa and Cortana the previous year, and now with the Skype calling to Amazon Alexa devices, the company made it it clear to continuing work closely together.