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Amazon's Alexa Gets Down to Business

June 4, 2018

Since its debut in 2014, Amazon’s Alexa has gone from a novelty for early adopters to an increasingly essential part of our days. From hearing the day’s weather to reading the news to choosing a music playlist to controlling vital home settings, we’re changing the way we live using the virtual personal assistant. And now, it’s going to work.

Alexa for Business is testing the platform in the New York offices of WeWork, the fast-growing co-working business. As you’d expect, it’s fully customizable. In fact, to make the most of the platform, WeWork has built custom Alexa skills for everything from reserving conference rooms to putting in maintenance requests. Soon, savvy business owners be able to use Alexa for Business to place supply orders, automate setup for meetings, handle calls, manage schedules, and more. The goal is making employees more productive—and more able to focus on those elements of their jobs that matter most.

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