Amazon's Alexa wants to be your office assistant, too

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It's also an interesting take on the supplementary (and typically smartphone-powered) apps that many games, including Destiny 2, use to give players easier access to in-game options and social features on the fly.

“Alexa is now part of the Destiny 2 experience, and were excited for what that means for Destiny 2 players and the future of games and voice technology, ” said Steve Rabuchin, Vice President, Amazon Alexa. It sounds nuts but also incredibly useful, I hate having to faff about and change weapon sets when jumping between PvP and PvE. Making Alexa work with third party TV apps is just the latest push by Amazon in its expand its voice assistant's capabilities.

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Businesses can buy Alexa devices that help employees dial into conference calls, manage their calendars, find open meeting rooms and - not surprisingly - order work supplies from Amazon.

Alexa for Business has many integrations, and users can merge their personal and business accounts for shared skills.

With shared Alexa devices, users can start and end meetings in conference rooms by saying "Alexa, start/end the meeting". Note: This is not an Alexa device, just a wi-fi speaker, and requires an Alexa device to pair with.

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Amazon CTO Werner Vogels said that voice is the natural way of interaction at home, and it should also be so for business.

Amazon's business subsidiary, Amazon Web Services, has announced a new initiative to get companies using Alexa in the office.

Alexa for Business works with Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Exchange, and Google G Suite.

Alexa has typically been regulated to consumer purposes integrated with its Amazon Echo devices, used to read news and weather, play music and control other smart devices.

"As part of the developer preview, we built a private Alexa for Business skill that allows our teams to quickly check the status on our systems, or to request specific updates on high severity events, but we needed a way to make this available to our teams without publishing it in the Alexa Skills Store".

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