2 giants link their voice assistants
Microsoft and Amazon say they are pairing their voice assistants.
They say that this fall, users will be able to access the Amazon 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.
Microsoft says the tieup will allow Alexa customers to get access to Cortana features such as for booking meetings or accessing work calendars. Cortana users can ask Alexa to switch on smart home devices or shop on Amazon.com.
Amazon has little to lose from the partnership, and Microsoft’s Cortana might get discovered by more users, said Carolina Milanesi, a mobile technology analyst at Creative Strategies.
The Amazon Alexa, above, will be accessible starting this fall using Cortana on Windows 10 computers.