Microsoft has partnered with Amazon to bring the Skype calling feature of Amazon Alexa devices. The feature will enable Amazon Echo and Fire devices to make and receive Skype calls including even paid SkypeOut calls to phone numbers globally.
Microsoft has also said that they will soon bring an update for the Skype app on PCs, Xbox One and mobile devices which will help users connect with their Skype contacts and phone numbers using Alexa. As of now, the company is yet to reveal a rollout schedule for the new calling support feature for Alexa. But, in a blog post they did mention that the rollout will begin later this year.
To make outgoing calls with the help of this new feature, users can simply say “Alexa, call Jimmy on Skype,” or when a call is coming in Alexa will announce it as “Jimmy is calling you on Skype”. It is yet to be seen if the integration will also bring the capability of making video calls or not on devices like the Echo Spot.