Build 2018: Microsoft Cortana to soon work with Amazon Alexa

Build 2018: Microsoft Cortana to soon work with Amazon Alexa

Build 2018: Microsoft Cortana to soon work with Amazon Alexa

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During a demonstration at the Build 2018 conference today (May 7), Microsoft and Amazon showcased how Cortana and Alexa could be opened on the same smart speakers. The company has launched a dedicated website where interested users can subscribe to get latest updates on the Cortana-Alexa integration.

Aside from the Pixel 2, other devices reported to have support for the Alexa feature include the Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, Galaxy S9, Sony Xperia Z5C, One Plus 5, Moto G5 Plus, and more. First, the firm showed off accessing Cortana through an Amazon Echo. You will now be able to press the home button on your Android device long to call up Alexa, without having to open the app manually. The response that came was "Cortana here, how can I help".

"For all of you developers out there building skills, Cortana and Alexa is going to enable access to more people across more devices", said Saunders. "We both have experience with light rings, although hers is more of a halo".

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Also on stage at Microsoft Build on Monday, CEO Satya Nadella introduced Amazon senior vice president Tom Taylor, who oversees Alexa.

She was then able to ask Cortana for information on her calendar, without having to say "Cortana", or "Alexa" again - just "how's my day?"

The integration is still in private beta, Microsoft said Monday, and does not have a public launch date.

He also asked Alexa what she thought of Cortana, to which Amazon's assistant replied, with her typical cheesy humor, "I like Cortana". On Windows 10 PCs, Alexa shows up in the same interface as Cortana does. It is a well-planned integration where the users can have the best of both worlds.

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