Skype calling with Alexa has started to roll out to customers in Australia, New Zealand, US, UK, India and Canada, according to Amazon and its Alexa media people.
We're told that this new integration provides "a convenient, hands-free way to connect with friends and family around the world by simply using voice -- just in time for the holidays!"
So, how does it work?
"Virtually celebrate the upcoming holidays with long distance relatives, catch up with international friends, and reconnect with loved ones far away by simply saying, “Alexa, call William on Skype” to reach him wherever he uses Skype".
Getting started is easy:
- In the Alexa App or on alexa.amazon.com, go to Menu > Settings > Communication
- Select the link to add a Skype account and a sign-in page will appear in the app
- Sign in with your Skype account information to complete linking your Skype account
There is a note, however - if you want the "the best Skype calling and video experience, update to version 8.34 or later".
Amazon also advises that "Customers can both make and receive hands-free Skype calls on their Echo devices and in Show Mode on Fire Tablets".
Meanwhile, "Skype video calling is supported on the Echo Show and Echo Spot".'