Outlook customers with an Amazon Echo can now make the net retailer’s assistant go to work for them. Amazon quietly up to date Alexa to help Outlook calendars, letting you ask the digital assistant so as to add and overview occasions in your Outlook.com calendar.
Alexa beforehand supported solely Google Calendar integration, however now an Outlook choice seems within the Alexa cell app. You may sync your Outlook account inside the Alexa app after which the digital assistant will be capable of let you know occasions taking place that day should you ask “what’s on my calendar?” You too can use the command “add an occasion to my calendar” to create a brand new scheduled assembly.
At present, solely Google and Outlook calendars are supported; Apple calendar customers are nonetheless at midnight. You will not need to replace any Alexa-enabled units to make use of this new function—simply join your Outlook account with the Alexa app and your info will likely be obtainable through the digital assistant.
Amazon has issued just a few small but vital updates to Alexa and its units not too long ago. Final week, as an example, the corporate pushed a software program replace to its Alexa-ready Faucet moveable audio system that allow customers summon Alexa hands-free. Beforehand with Faucet, you had press the microphone button on the system earlier than you might say something to Alexa. Now customers can simply name out Alexa’s title to wake the assistant up, which places Faucet extra according to Amazon’s Echo and Dot units. One advantage of this function on Faucet is you can flip it off inside the Alexa cell app should you do not all the time need it to hear. Amazon claims Faucet can rise up to eight hours of battery life with hands-free mode turned on, however you may all the time flip it off or put it into sleep mode by urgent the ability button.