Microsoft's Cortana and Amazon's Alexa are finally talking, fulfilling a groundbreaking promise made a year ago to bring the rival digital assistants together. "And we can't wait to see what you build", said Megan Saunders, general manager of Microsoft Cortana.
MICROSOFT HAS shown off its Cortana-Alexa integration for the first time, and in the cold light of day, it's a little bit cringy.
The reaction, as shown above, obviously received applause from the crowd who clearly understand the Halo reference stated within Alexa's reply. It is available through 558AM, DAB and digital platforms such as on the web, Apple App Store and Google Play, and now Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Also, the use examples of Alexa while the default option voice assistant are initially limited if we review them with the characteristics offered by Google Assistant.
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The seed for this collaboration was planted at Microsoft's CEO Summit back in 2016, and executives acknowledged after the Alexa-Cortana announcement the possibility of future partnerships. Expounding into an Echo, Saunders appended an item into her shopping list through Alexa, and then asked Alexa to open Cortana. After all, Cortana is most dominant in PCs, while Alexa is most dominant in smart speakers. So wouldn't it be great if these assistants could work together and talk with one another? She challenged developers to start thinking of ideas that would enhance the connection between the two digital assistants.
The vision for Microsoft with Cortana is to meet customers wherever they are and no matter the device. However, you won't be able to properly activate Alexa using the Bixby button.
Having said that, the most recent development ultimately has got the capacity to allow you to own Alexa while the default option assistant on your own Android gadget.