You can now use Alexa to call your friends on Skype

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In a rather nifty tie-up between Microsoft, Alexa, and Skype, you can now use Skype on your favorite Alexa device. This comes hot on the heels of the news that Alexa can be installed on your Windows machine via Microsoft Store.

And in more good news, for the next two months, when you link Skype with your Alexa device, you will get 100 minutes of calls free for each month. You can check out the T&Cs here.

Setting up Skype on your Alexa device

First of all, you need to make sure that your Alexa device is compatible. You can see the compatible devices at the bottom of this image.
Alexa deviceOnce you have determined that your Alexa device is compatible, set up your device using the app for Android or iOS. Then go to Settings > Communication > Skype and link your account. Finally, sign in using the same Microsoft account you use for Skype. Pretty easy really.

How far has Alexa been integrated?

Last week, I wrote about Alexa being available for download directly from the Microsoft Store. Also, since Microsoft owns Skype, this new integration probably does not come as a big surprise. Still, knowing that you can now link Windows, Skype, and Alexa will certainly make a lot of users happy.

In fact, there seems to be a serious amount of love happening between Microsoft and Amazon recently. Alexa has been integrated with Cortana, Xbox One supports Alexa, Alexa has its own Windows 10 app, as I have already mentioned, and Microsoft is now selling Alexa devices in its retail stores, or will be very soon.

What does this mean for us little people?

I know a lot of people worry about big tech companies getting together, fearing that it will somehow mean bad news for users, but I am not so sure about this.

What do you think? Do you like this new partnership between Microsoft and Amazon? Do you think users will benefit or lose out in the future? Let us know in the comments below.

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