Skype calling with Alexa has started to roll out to Indian customers. Alexa integration into Skype will provide users with a simple, hands-free way to connect with friends and family around the world by simply using voice.
By linking a Skype account, customers can use Alexa to connect with the hundreds of millions of people already using Skype globally. Simply say, “Alexa, call Ajay on Skype” to reach Ajay wherever he uses Skype.
To link, step in the Alexa App or on alexa.amazon.in, go to Menu > Settings > Communication. Select the link to add a Skype account and a sign-in page will appear in the app. Sign in with your Skype account information to complete linking your Skype account.
Customers can both make and receive hands-free Skype calls on their Echo devices. Echo Spot users can also enjoy Skype video calling with Alexa.
Earlier this week, Amazon introduced Alexa Skill Blueprints -- a new way to create your own personalised skills and responses for Alexa. Whether it’s your own answer to the question “Alexa, who makes the best Rajma Chawal in the world?” or a skill that helps you surprise parents with a personalised story narrated by Alexa, “Alexa, open My Dad's Story.”
You don’t need experience to build skills or coding to create Alexa skills, instead anyone can use easy-to-use templates within Alexa to create customised experiences just by filling in the blanks. The skills you create are specially designed for you and your family, and will only appear on the devices registered to your Amazon account.
The skills and responses you create with Alexa Skill Blueprints will be available instantly on the devices associated with your account. You can also share your personalised skill with family and friends to use on their own Alexa-enabled devices. Skills can be shared via email, text, WhatsApp, or social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Recipients will receive a direct link where they'll be able to see details about your skill and have the ability to enable it for use on their own account.