Here’s How Skype Will Work on Amazon’s Echo Devices

Posted on November 14, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Amazon, Skype with 5 Comments

Amazon’s Echo devices will soon be getting a major new integration: Skype. Microsoft only today launched a new Alexa Skill for the Xbox One that allows users to control their game console with their voice via Alexa-powered devices, and the Skype support will likely work in a similar way.

WalkingCat has posted multiple videos of Skype working on an Amazon Echo and an Echo Show, showing how you will be able to make calls via the personal assistant. The feature has already been announced by Amazon in September when the company launched the second-generation Echo Show, and now that it has a promo video, the launch shouldn’t be far away.

The launch of Skype on Amazon’s Echo devices and other Alexa-powered devices could be huge for Microsoft. If support for the service is integrated right into Alexa instead of an Alexa Skill, it could help Skype reach a lot of customers. Of course, even as an Alexa Skill, the integration should be very helpful to Echo Show users who were only limited to Amazon’s Drop In feature before for calls.

The only problem here, of course, is that regular consumers don’t really make use of Skype that much anymore, moving away from what was once the top communication app to modern services like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, FaceTime, etc. Still, if you have a device like the Echo Show, the ability to make video calls from the device will be incredibly useful.

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5 responses to “Here’s How Skype Will Work on Amazon’s Echo Devices”

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    bluvg

    Skype is not a "modern" service? Introduced later =/= more modern. FB, WA, FT over Skype? Yuck. People need to give Skype another try recently. I wish my friends that use those other services would switch to Skype... I really dread when I have to use others.

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    Peter Hultqvist

    This change is what I find promising, Skype is the only mainstream VOIP solution i know of with PSTN support, and now it also works on one third-party hardware.


    It's not as good as allowing third-party client but one can hope.

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    james_wilson

    I've recently gone back to Skype because of what Facebook are going to be doing to WhatsApp. Be interesting to see if others do. It's actually quite good now.

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    Stooks

    "consumers don’t really make use of Skype that much anymore, moving away from what was once the top communication app to modern services like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, FaceTime, etc"


    100% Microsoft's fault. They have changed clients like 15 times in the last 2-3 years. It was like they wanted to kill it on purpose. I honestly have no idea what "Skype" is anymore and I have no interest in trying to figure out what it is.

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