Alexa will soon be able to control ovens and microwaves

If you own a smart microwave or oven, you might soon be able to control it with Alexa. Amazon announced today that it’s adding microwave and oven control features to its smart assistant, allowing it to handle requests like “Alexa, microwave for 50 seconds on high.” Amazon says that support for other cooking appliances will be added later.

The biggest limitation here is on the appliance side: even if you have a smart microwave or a smart oven — and most people don’t — it also needs to be updated to support this feature. Amazon has a handful of partners on board, but it isn’t clear just how quickly support will roll out.

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