Microsoft and Amazon announce first-of-its-kind collaboration

Lindsay James
Lindsay James
By Lindsay James on 31 August 2017
Microsoft and Amazon announce first-of-its-kind collaboration

Microsoft has announced a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Amazon between Cortana and Alexa that will offer more choice, value and access to both intelligent personal assistants.

Available later this year, the collaboration will allow you to access Alexa via Cortana on Windows 10 PCs, followed by Android and iOS in the future. Conversely, you’ll be able to access Cortana on Alexa-enabled devices like the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Show.

“The collaboration between Microsoft and Amazon reflects our belief that when people and technology work together, everybody wins,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in a press release from Amazon. “Ensuring Cortana is available for our customers everywhere and across any device is a key priority for us. Bringing Cortana’s knowledge, Office 365 integration, commitments and reminders to Alexa is a great step toward that goal.”

“By bringing Cortana to Alexa and Alexa to Cortana, I’m excited that we’re adding more value and choice for consumers and developers alike,” said Andrew Shuman, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Cortana Engineering team in a new blog post. “Cortana users will be able to have Alexa shop on Amazon.com and manage their Amazon orders and access many of Alexa’s third-party skills by asking Cortana to open Alexa, just as Alexa users will have access to Cortana’s world knowledge and helpful productivity features such as calendar management, day at a glance and location-based reminders simply by asking Alexa to open Cortana.”

 

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