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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. "Use Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo Dot to make hands-free Skype voice calls wherever Alexa and Skype are available or place high-fidelity Skype video calls from the Echo Show and Echo Spot directly to Skype on computers and mobile devices", states the Microsoft Skype blog post. 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. You can use commands such as "Alexa, call Dad on Skype" or "Alexa, Skype Mom" to initiate a call.

Indeed, as part of today's announcement, Microsoft Stores in the U.S. have begun to sell Echo devices, which some are taking as an admission of defeat, although the official line is that Cortana and Alexa will work together rather than against each other.

As for the Microsoft news, when you link Skype with Alexa, you'll get 100 minutes of free calls per month for two months, so 200 free minutes total. You could already make calls between Alexa devices, including phones with the Alexa app.

Just when you thought Alexa could do everything, another major feature drops. To start using the services, the user needs to link Skype with their Alexa account and then follow the instructions mentioned below. It has been recommended that users should be on Skype version 8.34 or later.