There are number of good things available in every voice assistant — Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana. Now assume, two assistant becomes friend and speaking to each other or sharing their tools and services.
Isn’t it great?
Yes, this would be great and this is possible. Microsoft and Amazon announced that their cortana and Alexa will be able to talk to each other. You can ask Amazon’s echo device — “Alexa, Open Cortana” or you can turn to Windows 10 Cortana and say — “Cortana, Open Alexa” and you are able to access their unique features.
In windows 10, microsoft has integrated cortana with it’s Microsoft office products and now Alexa will be able to use them. Also, user will be able to use more cortana skills like booking meetings, accessing calendars and emails. Microsoft is adding more skills to cortana.
Similarly, Cortana customers will be able to use smart home solutions, shop on Amazon.com, interact with many of the more than 20,000 skills built by third-party developers, and much more.
“Ensuring Cortana is available for our customers everywhere and across any device is a key priority for us,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Bringing Cortana’s knowledge, Office 365 integration, commitments, and reminders to Alexa is a great step toward that goal.”
“The world is big and so multifaceted. There are going to be multiple successful intelligent agents, each with access to different sets of data and with different specialized skill areas. Together, their strengths will complement each other and provide customers with a richer and even more helpful experience,” said Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO, Amazon. “It’s great for Echo owners to get easy access to Cortana.”
Both will start talking to each other later this year. Microsoft is also building Cortana for Android and iOS. Accessing Alexa via Cortana will be possible through all the devices.
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