Amazon Alexa recently got a new function. That is, to schedule one-on-one meetings based on the availability of meeting participants.
Participating parties must have an email address, because suggested meeting times and calendar invites are sent via email. A user may initiate an appointment by saying, “Alexa, schedule a meeting with [name].”
If there are people in the contact list with the same name, Alexa will check by asking, “There are multiple people named… in your contacts, which would you like to invite?” Alexa will suggest two different time slots based on each person’s shared schedules.
Alexa also allows users to change meeting times using voice command. A user can say, “Alexa, move my meeting at 3 pm to 5 pm tomorrow.” Alexa will then send an updated meeting invite to the participants. If there is a scheduled event at the proposed time, Alexa will alert users and provide an alternative suggestion.
Alexa Smart Scheduling Assistant is available in the U.S. only. Users need to go the Settings section in the Alexa app and select “Calendar.” From there, they can link with calendars from Gmail, G Suite, Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Exchange. And then, users can manage meetings with their Alexa device of choice.
Alexa’s existing features include the ability to create events, browse existing events and cancel scheduled appointments. A user may say, “Alexa, what appointments do I have this week?” and “Alexa, create a new event at 6 pm.”