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Amazon is getting ready to bring Alexa to work

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Amazon's next business push involves the Alexa virtual assistant that starts in the company's Echo speakersRead full story

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  • Emily Bary
    Emily BaryReporter at MarketWatch

    We tried out an Echo once at the office and the people working around us were not thrilled to hear Alexa’s voice while they were busy. But who knows, maybe this will take off the way these speakers did around the house.

  • Zachary Lain
    Zachary LainOffice of the CEO at Dow Jones

    This seems like trouble. People already wear headphones to concentrate on their work and drown out distraction - good thing Alexa will be everywhere all the time now...! 🤔

  • Alexa would be a strange addition to open-plan offices.

  • Nicholas Finegold
    Nicholas FinegoldFounder at Curationcorp.com

    Amazon and Microsoft are uneasy bedfellows . Amazon wants to own you at the point of sale in the home and Microsoft at work. That is theory behind why the two wish to share digital cross

    Functionality.

    However, With the launch of Alexa for Business, Amazon is stomping with its size 12s all over the territory of its supposed new best friend, Microsoft and its digital assistant, Cortana. Alexa for Business is expected to be launched next week at the AWS reinvent conference and will allow businesses

    Amazon and Microsoft are uneasy bedfellows . Amazon wants to own you at the point of sale in the home and Microsoft at work. That is theory behind why the two wish to share digital cross

    Functionality.

    However, With the launch of Alexa for Business, Amazon is stomping with its size 12s all over the territory of its supposed new best friend, Microsoft and its digital assistant, Cortana. Alexa for Business is expected to be launched next week at the AWS reinvent conference and will allow businesses to build their own skills for the digital assistant that can be used in a work context.

    It will also feature all of the normal functionality such as enquiries and smart office and is expected to feature partners like Concur and WeWork at launch.

    This has the scope to both generate more skills and applications for the Alexa digital assistant but also to generate increasing loyalty to AWS.

    Digital assistants just like the human versions could fallout !

  • Leandro Oliva
    Leandro OlivaEngagement Editor at WSJ

    I keep the one on my desk unplugged unless I’m testing after several inquiries were made about potential “surveillance.” 🤷🏻‍♂️

  • Ken Breen
    Ken BreenDow Jones

    No thanks - move along please.

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