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Skype calling arriving soon for Amazon Echo devices

Microsoft's Cortana assistant is reportedly becoming more of an assistance aide than a standalone service, being moved from Microsoft's AI + Research department to its Experiences & Devices Team and working with Amazon to pair it with the latter company's Alexa technology.

If you do not already have an Amazon Alexa device, then now is a great time to get one as Amazon has them available on special offer for the Black Friday weekend. This means you can give a voice command to your nearest Echo Dot to either make a voice call or a video call if you are using the Echo Spot or Echo Show. Go to Settings Communication Skype to link the account. Microsoft is offering 100 free minutes for each of the first two months after linking Skype with Alexa.

Do not eat romaine lettuce — CDC warns
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Neymar and Mbappé both injured during worldwide friendlies
Thanks to all who sent me messages wishing me a good recovery, I think it was nothing serious. It took Brazil's record since the World Cup to six wins in six games with six clean sheets.

Once Upon a Deadpool's first trailer teases Fred Savage's new scenes
Obviously, that's a pretty interesting concept, given that the Deadpool movies we've gotten so far have been very R-Rated. Reynolds reminds him that the Deadpool pics are Marvel movies and Savage counters, "But you're Marvel licensed by Fox".

But with this alliance continuing to grow, and Alexa now available as a Windows 10 UWP app to everyone, and very little new functionality for Cortana recently, we have to question whether its days are numbered. You can link your Skype account to your Alexa devices in the Alexa app. You'll sign into your Skype account, and that's that.

Voice and video calls aren't new for Alexa. At last count, Skype had around 300 million monthly active users - a fairly substantial number. Comment in the section below and stay tuned to PhoneRadar for more updates.

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