Amazon Echo and Alexa devices officially coming to Australia in early 2018

Amazon aims to extend Alexa’s reach and capabilities to the workplace offering businesses the ability to manage Echo devices Alexa users and the applications they use

The companies announced the Destiny 2 Ghost Skill for Alexa today, which is available now for Alexa customers to enable through the Alexa app for free.

Amazon is using its new service to leverage its massive internet infrastructure serving the technology world's back end.

Additionally Alexa for Business integrates with other applications and services that are commonly found in and around business conference rooms, including smart lighting. While many companies are bringing their voice interface into the market such as Google with Assistant, Apple with Siri, Microsoft with Cortana, and Samsung with Bixby - but none of them are as dominant as Amazon's Alexa.

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Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. This also works for specific weapons. According to Vogels, users leveraging Alexa for conferences will no longer need conference IDs and they'll simply be able to say: "Alexa, start the meeting" to get it going. Fridays designed and developed an Alexa skill that is rolling out nationwide and allows users to quickly make reservations, place a To-Go order, and even pay their bill.

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"Alexa for Business is a fully managed service for having many Alexa devices at work, to manage the users, to manage unique skills you may have, and to work". One of the first use-cases that Amazon looked at was for conference and meeting rooms.

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By building their own Alexa skills, companies can easily voice-enable the workplace, and let Alexa help with common everyday tasks like providing directions to people's offices, finding open meeting rooms, checking relevant transportation schedules, ordering supplies, reporting building problems, or notifying IT of an equipment issue.

"Organisations and business now have the ability to expand products and services in other regions more easily by allowing consumers to access websites, information and resources in their preferred language using automated language translations", said Walker. Plus, Alexa for Business has all the same capabilities as a regular old Echo, letting users get information about news, weather, set timers and alarms, and ask questions.

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