Alexa and Cortana integration now available on Windows 10 and Echo

15 Août, 2018, 21:22 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Alexa and Cortana integration now available on Windows 10 and Echo

Starting today, U.S. -based users who want "early access to the collaboration" can start talking to Cortana via their Echo devices and to Alexa on Windows 10 devices and Harman Kardon Invoke speakers, which are powered by Cortana. Get started with Cortana on Echo devices by saying, 'Alexa, open Cortana, ' and you'll be connected directly to Cortana. On a compatible Windows 10 PC or a Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker, you can say "Hey Cortana, open Alexa", and you'll be able to shop on Amazon or control some smart appliances.

First announced one year ago in August of 2017, the long-awaited collaboration is live today as an early access public preview. The companies gave a preview of the functionality at Microsoft's 2018 Build event, showcasing how Alexa and Cortana can work together. Either way, the integration is being rolled out starting today, and it will be available to users over the coming days.

Last year, Microsoft and Amazon announced the two companies would work together to integrate their respective digital assistants. With the partnership, Alexa users will be able to summon Cortana on their speaker or any other device, and Cortana users would be able to use Alexa on their device. Microsoft also mentioned that this experience will get better and more accurate as they get additional data to improve underlying algorithms. There was also no word of it at Microsoft's developer's conference in May.

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A Microsoft spokesperson told ZDNet that this integration is now limited. (Not that Amazon's waited on Microsoft to expand to Windows 10 laptops, television sets, and other devices.) It's easier for the virtual assistants to reach as many people as possible by partnering up than by competing.

The feature, as is frustratingly the norm, is US-only at present and doesn't yet allow music to be streamed or alarms to be set. The plan is to enable more device types and skills over time, Microsoft officials said.

Amazon has launched its own Alexa for Business service which seems to be able to do numerous types of tasks which Cortana is being created to optimize.

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