Published: Thu, August 31, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Alexa and Cortana join forces to take on Google Assistant and Siri

Alexa and Cortana join forces to take on Google Assistant and Siri

This means Alexa and Cortana, the two voice-activated AI assistants from the respective companies, will be able to communicate with one another to access their respective features. Well, both Alexa and Cortana will be able to access a selection of the other's features, simply through user voice control. 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.

"The world is big and so multifaceted", said Jeff Bezos.

This is a two-way street, too, as Cortana users will be able to open up Alexa and shop on Amazon or - most importantly - access any of the 20,000 Alexa skills now in existence.

To activate Alexa through Cortana, you would say: "Hey Cortana, open Alexa", and vice versa when using an Alexa-powered device such as an Amazon Echo. Although Nadella and Bezos haven't talked to them yet about it.

SEATTLE, Wash. - August 30, 2017- Amazon and Microsoft announced today that Alexa will be able to talk to Cortana, and Cortana will be able to talk to Alexa.

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MobileSyrup has reached out to Microsoft to find out how the partnership will work in Canada given that Alexa isn't available here through an Echo device just yet.

Alexa and Cortana are ready to get along.

Bezos revealed in an interview that he believes that people should have access to as many artificial intelligence (AI) assistants as possible.

The collaboration between Alexa and Cortana will begin at an unspecified time later this year. As it pertains to the AI voice arena, Microsoft deserves kudos for forging an alliance with Amazon, and likewise credit goes to Amazon for being accepting of the proposition. "That resonated for me and for him, and then that's what led to the teams working".

HomePod is created to work with the Apple Music subscription service and can produce rich sound while tapping into the artificial intelligence power of Siri. Now if only they could get a digital assistant that works great on the phone to work with their computer and smart speaker AIs. However, Nedella did say that he'll welcome the companies if they do decode to join Microsoft and Amazon.

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