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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Alexa, Join My Meeting

Slightly surprising given Google's recent moves, will work with Google Suite and also MS Office, Skype, Zoom, Chime and others.  For a limited time open to all Alexa users,  but apparently later will revert to only subscribers to Alexa for Business.   Have now seen a number of attempts to do conference support and assistance, none yet useful enough, but the assistance possibilities are considerable.

“Alexa, join my meeting” – Join conference calls with Alexa, now open to all Alexa users!  by aakarsh  in AWS  April 4, 2019

Starting today, Alexa device users can join meetings using their existing Alexa devices at home or work by saying “Alexa, join my meeting”! This feature is available for all Alexa users for a limited time, even if their organization does not use Alexa for Business yet. Just say “Alexa, join my meeting” to get started!

Alexa for Business at deskAlexa for Business already enables users to join meetings from conference rooms. Customers who have Alexa devices at home requested us to add the capability to join meetings even without a central deployment of Alexa for Business by their administrator. We are excited to enable this capability today for all Alexa device owners. You can get started by simply saying “Alexa, join my meeting” and following instructions to link your calendar with Alexa. Joining meetings is supported on most Alexa enabled devices that support Alexa Communication and works with a variety of popular conferencing solutions including Amazon Chime, Cisco WebEx, Zoom, and Skype.

By linking your Microsoft Office 365, Outlook, Google Gmail or G Suite, or Apple iCloud calendar via the Alexa app, Alexa will automatically find the next meeting and identify the right meeting ID and PIN numbers so you can join the meeting seamlessly. Once on the call, you can use the mute button to mute or say “Alexa, hang up” to leave the meeting. You can also say “Alexa, press 5” to enter touch tones. Echo Show or Echo Spot owners will join with audio and also see a keypad, the meeting title, call duration, and a hang-up button on screen.   ... "

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