You Can Now Talk to Alexa Using Cortana

15 August, 2018, 21:25 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Microsoft’s Megan Saunders and Amazon’s Tom Taylor show off the first integrations of Alexa and Cortana at Microsoft Build in Seattle

"Cortana users will be able to have Alexa shop on Amazon.com and manage their Amazon orders and access many of Alexa's third-party skills by asking Cortana to open Alexa, just as Alexa users will have access to Cortana's world knowledge and helpful productivity features such as calendar management, day at a glance and location-based reminders simply by asking Alexa to open Cortana", said Microsoft spokesperson. But, Microsoft and Amazon are keen on leaning into this partnership, now widely showing off Alexa integration into Cortana on Windows 10. From a Cortana-native device (a Windows 10 PC, an Xbox, the Harman Kardon speaker), "Hey Cortana, open Alexa" will switch you to speaking to Alexa.

But today, finally, almost a year after it was first announced, Amazon and Microsoft are claiming that their rollout of the digital assistant collaboration has begun.

Microsoft may benefit from having popular Alexa skills available on Cortana, which got a slower start in the smart speaker game.

Since this rollout is still just a preview, you won't be able to access some of the assistants' features on the other company's devices.

This feedback will hopefully result in the inclusion of some now missing features, like music streaming and alarm clocks, as both parties intend to keep adding more over time.

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US customers who use any Echo device, computer with Windows 10 or a Harmon Kardon Invoke speaker - which turns Cortana into a stand-alone digital assistant - can test the new skills starting Wednesday. The companies promise that the experience will become better and more robust as they become available to more people over time.

Today, Amazon and Microsoft are officially unveiling the Alexa/Cortana integration. One feels the mere "Hey Cortana" or "Alexa" should be enough to speak to the right agent.

The pair are calling this integration a "public preview", which will allow Microsoft and Amazon to get feedback so they can improve the integration experience.

I have to say, I am not sure this integration will be widely used. But Cortana is more reserved and profesh, since she works with Microsoft products like Outlook.

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