Hands-free call from Alexa with Skype

This week Skype announced their excitement to bring Skype to Alexa. Using only your 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. Sample phrases are “Lexi, call Jimmy on Skype,” or if Jimmy is calling you on Skype, say, “Lexi, answer.”

VentureBeat reported on the collaboration that

Adding support for an app with hundreds of millions of users, that happens to be one of the oldest and best-known ways to make video calls, is an awful lot better than starting from zero.

This is part of the collaboration between Microsoft and Amazon in a very smart play. The companies previously released Cortana and Alexa integration, their respective smart assistants and Xbox integration.

I can’t stress enough how genius Amazon (and Microsoft are both playing here with voice). I’m not sure how long this friendship is going to last but is certainly a win win for consumers. I have never make calls through Alexa but frequently use Skype, now I can do it outside my phone or computer, it doesn’t sound like much, but if you are having long calls, as I often have with my cofounder, it’s good to be able to focus on your work in the computer while handling the call by voice.

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