You can now place Skype calls using Amazon Alexa

You can now place Skype calls using Amazon Alexa

You can now place Skype calls using Amazon Alexa

You can use that credit to make global calls or reach people who aren't on Skype. if you're opposed to using Alexa's built-in calling feature that does it for free.

Amazon has combined with Microsoft's Skype to allow calls to be made on all its devices that use Alexa. Pandora is also stepping up its partnership with Amazon, making its paid subscription tier Pandora Premium available through Amazon Echo devices and Alexa speakers starting today. Select "Add a Skype account" and sign in with an existing account. Skype can be activated through the Amazon Alexa app, through the Communications tab within Settings.

So who can you call for free with Skype? Amazon's older Echo Spot had video calling capabilities, but it only worked between Spot devices. When someone is calling you, you can simply say "Alexa, pick up" to answer the call.

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Alongside its refreshed hardware lineup, Amazon (and Microsoft) announced back in September that Skype calling was coming to Alexa devices later in the year.

As of this writing, the option to link Skype with Alexa doesn't appear to be live just yet within the Alexa app. It has been recommended that users should be on Skype version 8.34 or later.

Voice and video calls aren't new for Alexa. A dedicated page about the feature confirms that users in India get 200 minutes of free calling. Microsoft is offering 100 free minutes for each of the first two months after linking Skype with Alexa.

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