Amazon announces Office 365 calendars support for Alexa

Earlier this month, Amazon added support for Outlook Calendar to Alexa, which included access to Hotmail, MSN and Live email accounts. Now the company has announced Office 365 calendars support for its voice service.

Amazon’s connected speakers and other Alexa-powered devices will now work with Office 365 calendars. The latest addition sees Alexa becoming a device which not only helps users with music and entertainment but with work as well.

Alexa is Amazon’s voice service which powers Echo and provides capabilities or skills to help customers interact with devices using their voice. Besides its Voice Service, Alexa also offers a Skills Kit, a free SDK that lets users build voice experiences.

Some of Alexa’s useful Skills include:

  • Philips Hue: Helps you turn lights on and off
  • Nest: Allows you to control the heating of your home if you have a Nest Learning Thermostat
  • Hive: Allows you to control the heating of your home and can turn lights on and off
  • Samsung SmartThings: Lets you control Samsung’s smart home appliances

To learn more about Amazon Alexa, check Amazon’s video:

How to enable Office 365 calendars support

With the new integration, Amazon’s Alexa can now help Office 365 commercial customers with Exchange Online inboxes with their work.

To enable the new feature, customers will need to link their calendar via the Settings in the Alexa app. After that, they will be able to ask Alexa to provide them with an update on their day or add meetings and other appointments.

Microsoft’s Exchange Online Protection (EOP) is a cloud-based email filtering service for business. It protects customers’ information while helping them maintain control of their environment.