Skype, the popular Microsoft-owned VoIP and messaging service, has just updated its official iPhone and iPad apps to expand their integration with Siri, Apple’s smart virtual assistant, in iOS 10, the latest major version of Apple’s mobile operating system.
Previously on ‘Skype & Siri’
A month ago, Skype for iOS was updated with its initial support for SiriKit, Apple’s framework, introduced in iOS 10, that allows for the use of only voice commands to Siri to carry out certain actions with compatible third-party apps. And with that, it enabled users to initiate Skype calls simply by telling Siri something like, “Call JR on Skype” — effectively letting users call someone on Skype without having to open the Skype app first.
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Now, Skype for iOS has received a follow-up update that adds another SiriKit-enabled feature. And that’s the ability to send messages on Skype by simply talking to Siri.
On both iPhone and iPad, Skype’s expanded SiriKit integration lets you ask Siri to send messages to your Skype contacts without having to open the app. Just summon Siri and say, “Send a message on Skype,” then tell it whom you want to send the message to and what you want the message to say. Or to instruct Siri with the who and the what of your message in one go, you can just say something like, “Send JR a message on Skype saying hey.”
To be able to use these SiriKit-enabled features, make sure the switch for Skype is turned on in the Settings app > Siri > App Support.
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