Amazon Adds In-Skill Payments to Alexa

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Professional users will also be able to merge their home Alexa with Alexa for Business at work, so the skills they use at home will crossover at work.

Alexa is Amazon's "intelligent personal assistant" that runs through its voice-activated Echo devices.

For example, beginning a meeting in a conference room can take multiple steps; workers have to make sure that the room is available, turn on the video conference equipment, search for dial-in information, and enter passwords.

But it's not limited to just starting shows or movies. It sounds nuts but also incredibly useful, I hate having to faff about and change weapon sets when jumping between PvP and PvE.

"I will be keenly focused along with my team in working with leading Australian companies and developers in bringing skills to life for Alexa which will delight Australian customers", wrote Burleigh, via social media.

Alexa for Business is a two-sided project for Amazon.

Alexa for Business provides integration with Cisco and Polycom conferencing systems, so business users no longer have to manually type in a meeting number, they can simply use voice.

You can say things like "Alexa, play It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" or "Alexa, watch 60 Minutes" or "Alexa, search for comedies on SHOWTIME".

"Alexa for Business extends the simplicity of voice control to the workplace, while adding powerful tools to help businesses deploy and manage devices, create skills, and deliver voice-first experiences in a scalable way-all backed by the AWS Cloud".

The internet-connected speakers, which can be used to order goods from Amazon or control other smart devices, will compete with Google Home and, when launched, Apple's HomePod. Note: This is not an Alexa device, just a wi-fi speaker, and requires an Alexa device to pair with.

Alexa for Business will help start conferences, can lower blind, dim lights, make calls, and schedule events in Office 365, G Suite, and on-premises Exchange accounts. It will also enable businesses to build out their own skills for use within their companies. For instance, you can ask Alexa to tell Ghost to save your current loadout as your Crucible loadout (or Nightfall, Strike, or Trials of the Nine Loadout).

The WSJ reports that Alexa for business will allow users to built apps and skills for ordering supplies, meeting room scheduling, and calendar management.

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