Black Friday 2018 smart home deals: Amazon Echo, Roomba, Google Home

Joanna Estrada
November 20, 2018

Amazon's new "Wake-on-LAN Controller" feature will let Alexa users power on TVs and other smart home devices that have gone into low-power mode and thus can't be reached via the cloud.

Skype audio and video calling is now available on Alexa-powered devices, the latest integration to come out of the alliance between Amazon and Microsoft forged a year ago. Additionally, video calling support for Skype is coming to Amazon's Echo Show, the company's speaker that also sports a display.

It's not just Microsoft, of course. You can then give your Echo commands to call people on Skype; a device with a screen and a camera will default to a video call, while a regular Echo will make a voice call. Amazon launched its own Windows 10 app with Alexa built in and Microsoft has also started to sell Echo devices in its own retail stores as recently as this weekend.

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Customers are being offered 100 free minutes of calls per month to link their Skype account to their Alexa account

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As for how one would go about setting up Skype on an Alexa device, the official announcement page lays it out nicely.

Set up your Alexa device using the Amazon Alexa App for Android or iOS. "Microsoft also just started selling Amazon's Echo devices in its retail stores in the United States this weekend".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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