Why It Matters That Alexa and Cortana Are Going To Work Together

Hampshire County Council are the first local authority to try out the scheme using the £150 devices which work with WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. The elderly clients can ask the gadgets to assist them with their day-to-day lives includin

If you have the Amazon Echo connected, you can say it an alternative way of approaching the Microsoft assistant, directly.

In the home, users will soon be able to tell their Echo "Alexa, open Cortana", or turn to their Windows 10 devices and say "Cortana, open Alexa" to access the respective range of services. 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. But Microsoft and Amazon will do all it can to fend off competition from the likes of Google and Apple.

Amazon has been busy turning Alexa into an engine for e-commerce while Microsoft has, as expected, integrated Cortana into Windows and Outlook from a productivity point of view.

"The world is big and so multifaceted. Together, their strengths will complement each other and provide customers with a richer and even more helpful experience", added Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.

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Bezos said he hasn't approached Apple or Google to ask if they want to integrate, but he'd welcome such interoperability.

Amazon also announced two new sets of tools for developers to bring multi-room music control to their speakers.

This would mean that the Cortana Skills will now be made available for Alexa as well. Needless to stress therefore the momentous occasion we're witnessing today, though technically, Alexa and Cortana will "begin talking to each other" sometime "later this year". "Listening to great music on Samsung speakers has never been easier".

Users will be able to say "Alexa, Open Cortana" followed by their command such as "When is the next budget review" which is only available to Microsoft's AI. In addition, the Echo speakers will soon be able to access Cortana. Amazon is now the leader in the space, with Echo devices representing 70% of sales for smart speakers, according to the New York Times. Apple's Siri has been the digital assistant inside iPhones for years and will power the forthcoming HomePod. Google, of course, has Google Assistant built into the Google Home speaker as well as select Android phones.

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