Microsoft Cortana, Amazon Alexa to Work Together

by Fredrick Graves August 31, 2017, 0:59
Microsoft Cortana, Amazon Alexa to Work Together

Similarly, Cortana customers can ask Alexa to control their smart-home devices, shop on Amazon.com, and interact with numerous more than 20,000 skills built by third-party developers. "Bringing Cortana's knowledge, Office 365 integration, commitments and reminders to Alexa is a great step toward that goal", according to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Because people use and interact with all kinds of products, we're very excited to announce a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Amazon between Cortana and Alexa that will offer more choice, value and access to both intelligent personal assistants.

Users will be able to say to their Echo devices, "Alexa, open Cortana", or to their Windows 10 devices, "Cortana, open Alexa".

"I want them to have access to as many of those A.I.s as possible", Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos told the New York Times. "Hopefully, they'll be inspired by it".

The partnership is not the most common considering the two firms are rivals as parent companies and even at the smart assistant level. This means that while you are on your computer, you can ask Cortana to lock your Alexa-connected doors, or turn on the lights, and it should making controlling your smartphone easier, wherever you are. By saying "Alexa, open Cortana", consumers will be able to ask any question to the digital assistant, get information about upcoming meetings, create reminders and use Cortana's many other productivty features.

Sonos joins an ever-increasing list of companies entering the smart speaker market now dominated by Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo that first launched in 2015.

Microsoft Cortana, Amazon Alexa to Work Together
Microsoft Cortana, Amazon Alexa to Work Together

Then again, Bezos, who pitched the idea of an unprecedented Amazon - Microsoft partnership to a surprisingly receptive Nadella way back in May 2016, admitted in a New York Times interview he didn't also reach out to Google and Apple.

For example, Cortana is deeply integrated with Microsoft's Outlook email/calendar app. That will make for a whole lot of T.A.L.K.I.N.G. between these two with over 20,000 Alexa Skills that are now available and Windows 10 being on more than 500 million devices. Meanwhile, Google's Assistant is now in smartphones and in its Home smart speaker.

The move signifies a major shift for the competitive and crowded voice assistant market, which also includes Apple's Siri and Google Assistant. Will they join the party?

Using Alexa from Cortana will just require users to say "Hey Cortana, open Alexa".

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