Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa skills you might want to consider enabling for your Alexa device. Amazon continues to improve Alexa with its own updates, but skills are software components that allow Alexa users to extend functionality across all Alexa-enabled devices in use for very specific functions.
This week’s skill: My Out of Office – MSFT
Description: Link to your Microsoft email accounts (Outlook, MSN, Hotmail) account to be able to ask Alexa to set your out of office message.
Real world use: Here’s a simple yet useful new skill. Setting an out of office message isn’t the most difficult task, but its often one of the most forgotten ones. Its Friday before a week off work and you’re so antsy to get out the door that you forget to set your email notification that you’ll be gone. And, then Monday morning it hits you, and you have to spend time to login to your email system and configure the out of office message. Again, not a difficult task, but at this point its become a pain in the butt.
The My Out of Office – MSFT skill allows you to set your out of office message using Alexa. Account linking is required and it only supports Outlook.com, MSN, and Hotmail right now, but it could save some time and headache in the future.
Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Echo 2, Dot, Tap, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, Echo Look, Echo Connect, Dash Wand, Amazon Cloud Cam, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs, in the Music app, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai.
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