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Alexa for Windows 10 overhauled with new look and Drop In support

Amazon Alexa Windows 10 Hero
Amazon Alexa Windows 10 Hero (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Alexa for Windows 10 just received a major update.
  • The update brings an improved UI and support for several new features, such as Drop In.
  • The update also improves voice support for the app.

Amazon's Alexa app for Windows 10 was relatively basic when it launched. It could perform basic functionality through the digital assistant but was quite limited. Now, a recent update for Alexa on Windows 10 brings a fresh new look and support for more features, including Drop in for video calling. The update also improves the hands-free experience for the app.

Drop In allows you to quickly get in touch with people through video calls. With support for Drop In now available through the Windows 10 app, any PC with the app can work as an Alexa, enabled device for the feature.

Here's the complete change log as shared by Amazon on the Alexa app listing (opens in new tab):

We've got a new look and new features! Staying in touch with friends and family is more important than ever now, so we've made it easy with an Alexa favorite - video calling and Drop In. Say hello to your friend across town or Drop In on the kids to make sure they are doing their homework. Spotify fan? Use Alexa to play your favorite tracks in the Spotify app with your voice. You'll also notice an enhanced music landing page to help you discover your new favorite song. Finally, we've moved the Click-to-Talk button to the top left of the screen and the Wake Word button to the top right of the screen to help improve your experience. Don't forget - Alexa on your PC can be hands-free. Just click the Wake Word button to enable a hands-free experience.

Cameron Singh spotted the major update and flagged it up to us (Thanks Cameron!). As Singh puts it, the update "completely changed the whole app." It seems that change is for the better as it greatly expands the functionality of the app and improves its look.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

4 Comments
  • I hate to admit it but being credited in a Windows Central article has kinda made my day. Thanks Sean.
  • I guess Vodafone is the happiest when Alexa is gaining attention.
  • Great to hear! I've had Alexa installed on my computer for months but haven't touched it since that first day because my Echo is easier to use. Now I'll have to give it a try.
  • This is much better, I love this new update for Alexa! She pretty much has replace Cortana for me, I can't even get Cortana to work, she doesn't listen to what I tell her to do and she just stops listening immediately after I activate her, even entering text queries she doesn't do anything despite Microsoft says Cortana has been "finalized" so Alexa it is!