Amazon Echo: Now Alexa can check your Microsoft Outlook calendar, and voice calls could be coming soon

Outlook can be set as the default calendar for Alexa-powered devices, while rumours suggest that support for voice calls could be on the way.

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Amazon Echo: Now with Outlook.com calendars.

Users of Amazon's Echo smart speaker can now set Outlook as a default calendar for the Alexa service to access.

Outlook users can set Microsoft's web-based calendar as the default option for their Amazon Echo and other Alexa-powered devices: Microsoft said this includes accounts with email addresses ending in @outlook.com, @hotmail.com and @live.com.

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They can then check or add events by voice. For example, you can ask: "Alexa, add 'dinner with Katie' to my calendar," or "Alexa, what's on my calendar today?"

It's not the first calendar for Alexa; the service has integrated Google Calendar since it was launched, but it also shows Microsoft's determination to have its services available on as many devices as possible, even if it doesn't make them.

The move also reflects the continuing momentum behind Amazon's smart device with its embedded voice-powered digital assistant, Alexa, which has evolved from a novelty into the next big thing in technology. The Alexa service is being integrated with devices ranging from from washing machines to smart door locks.

Also, according to The Wall Street Journal, Amazon is also looking at how the Amazon Echo could be used for voice calls too. It's hardly a big stretch: the device already has a microphone, a speaker and a web connection: however, according to the WSJ there are still privacy and regulatory issues to be resolved.

Check Amazon's support website for instructions on how to set Outlook as the default calendar.

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