Skype Calling Features Coming to Alexa Devices Later This Year

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot

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    Microsoft has revealed that Skype is coming to Alexa devices. The partnership between Microsoft and Amazon means that owners of devices in Amazon's Echo range will soon be able to make outgoing Skype voice and video calls, accept incoming Skype calls, and also make SkypeOut calls to most phone numbers around the world.

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    Announcing the upcoming feature in a blog post, Microsoft said device owners will be able to say something like "Alexa, call Jimmy on Skype," or if Jimmy is calling you on Skype, they'll be able to say, "Alexa, answer."

    This isn't the first time Amazon and Microsoft has seen fit to merge existing products and services. The two companies partnered on Alexa and Cortana integration last year.
    Skype calling on Alexa will begin rolling out later this year.

    Article Link: Skype Calling Features Coming to Alexa Devices Later This Year
     
  2. magicschoolbus macrumors 6502a

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    So much better then that creepy drop in feature lol
     
  3. davester macrumors regular

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    Another sinister pairing for the purpose of spying and monetising on our privacy.
     
  4. BuffaloTF macrumors 6502a

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    Drop in is cool as an intercom system in the house...
     
  5. kis macrumors 65816

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    Yup privacy is going down the drain with any of these speakers made by any of the manufacturers. But if I need to pick my poison, it'll be Alexa. I own two HomePods - they may sound better (Amazon's new products aim to fix that), but Siri is as dumb as it's always been. Beyond being able to tell me whether my garage door is open or not (and only because I spent hours making home bridge work with HomeKit), it's just a glorified Apple Music frontend. Fair enough, but if you want home automation and only a slightly retarded assistant, anyone's better off with the Echo range.

    So yeah, Skype calling is a pretty awesome addition
     
  6. magicschoolbus macrumors 6502a

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    It is cool as an intercom system; it’s not cool for when your grandma wants to drop in on the Alexa on your nightstand while your laying in bed with your wife..
     
  7. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Just don't grant drop in access to your grandma. And/or set it for only your household devices.

    DUH.
     

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