Alexa, Cor­tana talk to each other in deal

Truro Daily News - - WORLD -

BOS­TON — Alexa, meet Cor­tana.

Mi­crosoft and Ama­zon are pair­ing their voice as­sis­tants to­gether in a col­lab­o­ra­tion an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

Both com­pa­nies say that later this fall, users will be able to ac­cess Alexa us­ing Cor­tana on Win­dows 10 com­put­ers and on An­droid and Ap­ple de­vices. They’ll also be able to ac­cess Cor­tana on Alexa-en­abled de­vices such as the Ama­zon Echo. Mi­crosoft says the tie-up will al­low Alexa cus­tomers to get ac­cess to Cor­tana fea­tures such as book­ing meet­ings or ac­cess­ing work cal­en­dars. Cor­tana users, in turn, can ask Alexa to switch on smart home de­vices or shop on Ama­zon’s web­site. The use of voice as­sis­tants is grow­ing. Google and Ama­zon al­ready have smart speak­ers on the mar­ket. Ap­ple has HomePod com­ing with its Siri as­sis­tant, while Sam­sung plans one with Mi­crosoft’s Cor­tana.

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