Alexa, on Amazon’s Echo devices, keeps getting smarter as more Skills and features are made available. One of the latest new features is the ability to connect, sync, and check events on your Microsoft account calendar.
Previously, the only calendar you could use with your Echo device was Google’s. For full step-by-step instructions on that read: How to Connect Your Google Calendar to Amazon Echo.
Link Microsoft Calendar with Alexa
On the next screen, tap or click on the Microsoft option to link the account. Then sign in with your Microsoft account email and password and check the box to stay signed in. For your Microsoft account, you can use Hotmail, Live, Outlook.com.
After signing in, you’ll need to give Alexa permissions to access your Microsoft profile and contacts as well as your calendars and other information. Once you do that you should be ready to go.
At the time of this writing, you can only have one Microsoft account connected at a time. However, you can have both a Google and Microsoft account setup at the same time. You can also set which one you want as the default for new events in the Alexa app Calendar settings. Hit the drop-down menu and select the one you want.
To get the upcoming events on your calendar say “Alexa, what’s on my calendar?” Then Alexa will read off the next events you have scheduled. If you have Google and Microsoft calendars set up, it isn’t a perfect experience, in my testing anyway. It seems to read your events in the order they are scheduled, and no way to tell which calendar the event was scheduled in. So, you might want to migrate your Outlook calendars to Gmail or just use the Outlook calendar only.
You can also add an event to your calendar by voice. Just say “add an event to my calendar” and Alexa will ask some follow-up questions and verify the date, time, and name of the event. Of course, that will also sync to your calendar so you can view it on a PC or mobile device.
While you can set Cortana reminders to display on the Calendar app in Windows 10, Alexa doesn’t read those off to you. Hopefully, as this feature is updated and fine-tuned we’ll see more improvements.
Still, this is promising for those of us who live in the Microsoft ecosystem. The addition of more Microsoft services like Groove Music and better Cortana integration like the upcoming Cortana suggested reminders feature in Creators Update would definitely be welcomed.
Do you use Microsoft’s calendar to manage your schedule? What other Microsoft services would you like to see come to Alexa? Leave your thoughts, ideas, or questions in the comment section below.