Amazon Alexa & Microsoft Cortana Will Work Together

Tammy Harvey
August 31, 2017

While Amazon's Echo is not officially available in India, devices are still fully functional and users can access some of the internet content through them. If you have the Amazon Echo connected, you can say it an alternative way of approaching the Microsoft assistant, directly.

In what can only be described as a surprise announcement, Amazon and Microsoft announced today that their respective digital assistants will soon be able to talk to one another. Owners of devices running Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system will be able to summon Alexa via Cortana in a similar manner.

It's quite unusual to find competing products form partnerships, but as reported by the New York Times, rival smart assistants Cortana and Alexa are teaming up to improve the overall consumer experience. Just like any other collaboration, it is going to clunky as you have to ask one assistant to start the other.

Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO, Amazon added that "The world is big and so multifaceted". The partnership, which the companies plan to announce early Wednesday, will allow people to summon Cortana using Alexa, and vice versa, by the end of the year.

The remaining question now is whether the Microsoft and Amazon arrangement will spark standards work that ultimately enables Apple's Siri and Google's voice AI all to communicate with each other as well.

HomePod will take Amazon Echo and Google Home, which have been building momentum in the market for voice-controlled speakers capable of controlling smart appliances, fetching content from the internet and more. "On your Alexa device, you can say, 'Alexa, open Cortana, ' and ask when your first meeting is", claimed Microsoft. Amazon is now the leader in the space, with Echo devices representing 70% of sales for smart speakers, according to the New York Times. But, Nadella and Bezos remain hopeful. Alexa devices will now have access to Cortana's more business-oriented features and integration with Office products, like work calendars and scheduling reminders.

With Cortana being able to talk to Alexa you can now use your Windows 10 devices to get Alexa to control compatible smart home devices, shop for wares on Amazon, interact with the 20,000+ Amazon skills built by third party developers, and more.

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