2 gi­ants link their voice as­sis­tants

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - MARKETS -

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.

ELAINE THOMP­SON/AP

The Ama­zon Alexa, above, will be ac­ces­si­ble start­ing this fall us­ing Cor­tana on Win­dows 10 com­put­ers.

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