Business Productivity

Share and collaboratively edit Microsoft Office files in Amazon WorkDocs

Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint files are some of the most commonly uploaded and shared files in Amazon WorkDocs. In the past, you had to use Microsoft Office desktop applications to create or edit Office documents and then upload and share the latest versions in WorkDocs. Now, the Open with Office Online feature […]

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Calling from a shared address book in Alexa for Business

AWS has released a new feature in Alexa for Business that let you call your contacts from Amazon Echo devices located in meeting rooms, hotel rooms, or shared workspaces. You can already use Alexa for Business to join meetings or dial phone numbers. However, customers asked for the ability to call contacts from a central […]

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Build private skills for Alexa for Business organizations using the new Alexa Skills Kit developer console

We’re excited to announce that the redesigned Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) developer console allows you to publish and distribute Alexa for Business private skills as a developer. Previously, you needed to download and use the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) Command Line Interface (CLI) to submit and distribute private skills. For a description of the process, […]

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Using the Amazon WorkDocs API with the AWS SDK for Python and AWS Lambda

Amazon WorkDocs is a secure, fully managed file collaboration and management service. In addition to direct user access from various devices, you can use the WorkDocs API to develop applications that offer more documentation functions to meet your business needs. In this blog post, we demonstrate how to use the WorkDocs API with the AWS […]

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New: Schedule Meetings with the Alexa Smart Scheduling Assistant

The Alexa Smart Scheduling Assistant helps you schedule 1:1 meetings and move meetings on your work and personal calendars using your voice. When scheduling a meeting with a contact who has shared their calendar availability with you, Alexa will suggest times that show as ‘available’ on both of your calendars, which saves you time and […]

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NEW – Monitor connection status for shared devices with Alexa for Business

As an administrator, you can now use Alexa for Business to view and manage the connection status of all your shared devices. For example, you get a notification when a critical number of shared Alexa devices lose network connectivity within a single building. You can then dispatch your resources to resolve the problem. Alexa for […]

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New: Password expiration notification in Alexa for Business

If you’re an administrator, you know that you must periodically rotate passwords for security purposes. Forgetting passwords can be frustrating and sometimes disrupt service. AWS has paid close attention to customer feedback about this issue. Based on what you’ve told us, we added a password expiration notification for Microsoft Exchange service accounts linked to Alexa for […]

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Welcome to the New Business Productivity Blog

The way we work has changed significantly over the last 15 years. With powerful mobile devices and pervasive, reliable high-speed Internet access available almost anywhere, we no longer need to be tied to a traditional office environment to get work done. We are constantly on the go, and we’ve come to expect greater flexibility to […]

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