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Amazon adds new productivity tools to Alexa

Amazon adds new productivity tools to Alexa

Amazon comes up with new tools for Alexa to boost productivity. This allows developers to add more business applications for the virtual assistant. This allows them to manage reminders for customers in a new way.

Last January, Amazon released a business variant of its virtual assistant: Alexa for Business. Since then, new features have gradually been added to the assistant and Amazon has added more features to Amazon Web Services. In any case, the combination of these factors makes the platform very attractive to business customers.

Reminders API

New is the Reminders API, which is open to developers in all regions supported by Alexa. The number of types of notifications that users can receive from Alexa has been increased. This allows customers to set up a reminder for information they want to receive at another time. Think of the closing time of a shop, a flight that is about to land or when they have reserved a table in a restaurant.

If a customer uses an Alexa skill, it must also give permission for reminders in future. Kayak already uses the Reminders API to notify users when a flight they are tracking has landed. In addition, the NHL allows customers to set up a reminder so that they receive a notification half an hour before a hockey game starts. Previously, Alexa customers could only receive notifications from a limited number of Amazon’s partner companies.

View agenda

Amazon also gives Alexa users new ways to view their calendar. The AI-assistant can now also say when you have free time, for example. If you ask Alexa when you have nothing to do this weekend, or if you have half an hour of space on Thursday, then the assistant can tell you exactly when that is the case. In addition, users can also set Alexa to give an overview of everything that is planned for a particular day in the morning.

This news article was automatically translated from Dutch to give Techzine.eu a head start. All news articles after September 1, 2019 are written in native English and NOT translated. All our background stories are written in native English as well. For more information read our launch article.