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A Year Later Cortana and Alexa Are FINALLY Working Together

A Year Later Cortana and Alexa Are FINALLY Working Together

You can now use Cortana to talk to Alexa, if you live in the US.

For now, Alexa will work in the USA on Windows 10 devices and Harman Kardon Invoke speakers, while Cortana will work on Amazon devices such as the Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, and Echo Spot.

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. Microsoft says the integration will start rolling out to customers Wednesday and will reach all USA customers within days.

What's most intriguing - and refreshing - about this move by Amazon and Microsoft is that it's so unexpected.

Microsoft and Amazon officials have said the goal of integrating Cortana and Alexa is to be able to carry out different tasks both at home and work on whichever device is most convenient.




Microsoft is in the midst of working to reposition Cortana as more of a productivity aide - something embedded in apps and services that can provide assistance. Although Cortana has been available on Windows 10 devices since 2015, Amazon Echos had been on the market for almost three years before the Harmon Kardon speaker with Cortana was released last fall.

On a Windows device, users need to say "Hey Cortana, open Alexa", in order to make requests like querying Amazon shopping deals or asking for an Alexa-powered thermostat to set a temperature.

One would hope that this integration will become smoother over time: it would be much simpler if an Echo let you speak directly to Cortana and a Windows PC directly to Alexa without having to switch-after all, each command is prepended with the assistant's name. Microsoft also mentioned that this experience will get better and more accurate as they get additional data to improve underlying algorithms.

After months of wait and delays, the integration is finally launching today.

If you've been waiting to use Alexa when only Cortana is available, or vice-versa, this preview might be exactly what you're looking for. Thanks to the peacemaking powers of the A.I. overlords, Alexa is now on intimate speaking terms with former rival Cortana!


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