Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant now available on Windows 10 PCs as a standalone app

Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant now available on Windows 10 PCs as a standalone app

Alexa debuted on select Windows 10 laptops earlier this year – built into a range of newly launched HP, Asus, Acer and Lenovo notebooks – and is now available for download on all compatible devices.

There are no PC-specific controls for Alexa at this point, but Amazon said it plans to add “PC-specific capabilities” early in 2019. 

Moving beyond managing entertainment and smart home apps, Alexa’s presence on Windows 10 is aimed at work productivity and serves to highlight the AI assistant’s rise in office environments – much as the iPhone in 2007 moved quickly from individual users to become a mainstay of the workforce.

There are now more that 25,000 Alexa skills available, including a growing list targeted specifically at business users.

Amazon is also forging deals with corporate partners. A range of companies, including  Salesforce, SAP SuccessFactors, Concur, Ring Central and ServiceNow, all plan to integrate their applications with Alexa for Business – the service launched last year to help companies manage large numbers of Alexa devices in the workplace.

Amazon also recently announced that Alexa for Business has been opened up to third party device manufacturers in a bid to expand the use of the AI assistant in existing office hardware.