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

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

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

And now, in what could be an exciting new paradigm for the genre, tech rivals Amazon and Microsoft have forged a partnership to allow consumers to summon Cortana using Alexa, and vice versa. In a recent report, the New York Times has said that before the year is out, Amazon's Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana will be able to communicate with one another. Users can target music to a specific Echo device or group with a simple voice command, while new developer tools will extend multi-room audio to other connected speaker APIs and enable other apps to access the Echo's multi-room functionality. "Similarly, Cortana [pictured, left] customers can ask Alexa [pictured, right] to control their smart home devices [or] shop on Amazon.com", the statement said in part. Echo owners, meanwhile, will be able to take advantage of Cortana's Office 365 integration and productivity-focused features to book meetings, access calendars and set reminders. "Together, their strengths will complement each other and provide customers with a richer and even more helpful experience", added Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO. Nadella echoed a similar sentiment, stating that both companies will hopefully be inspired by Microsoft's partnership with Amazon.

The voice-activated digital assistant's skills now include beaming music to specified groups of smart speakers.

While the partnership is likely to be good for both users of Windows 10 and the Echo, it does somewhat call into question Microsoft's plans to have Cortana-powered speakers such as the Harman Kardon speaker revealed past year.

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Cortana will also be accessible across all of Amazon's Alexa-powered devices like the Echo, the Echo Dot and the Echo Show.

"I want them to have access to as many of those AIs as possible", he is quoted as saying. You can then tell your Echo device "Alexa, play Smash Mouth downstairs" and playback will begin. Microsoft and Amazon are planning to fully detail their partnership later today. Product model S13 is a high-performance all-in-one wireless smart speaker and part of Sonos' home sound system.

Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, also heralded the collaboration.

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