Just when you thought Alexa could do everything, another major feature drops.
that you can now use Echo devices to make Skype calls. This feature isn’t just for the Echo Show and Spot, which have screens and already allow for video chat through other Alexa devices; it also works on devices such as the Echo and Echo Dot as well.
In the past year, Microsoft has found difficulty marketing Cortana as a consumer-facing voice assistant. This partnership with Amazon is its latest attempt to finally collaborate with Alexa. In, the companies released a Cortana skill for Alexa, and an Alexa skill for Cortana, functionally allowing you to use one wherever you can use the other. And earlier this month, Amazon released a Windows 10 app that allows you to.
Meanwhile, this is bad news for Facebook, whosedevice is built entirely around easy access to video chat.