Microsoft Cortana, Amazon Alexa to Work Together

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We're proud of the work we've done together as Amazon's first multi-room partner - all you'll need is an Alexa-enabled device and playing music out loud on Sonos will be as easy as saying "Alexa, play music in the living room'". "In the future, on your Windows 10 PC, iPhone or Android phone, you could simply say, 'Hey Cortana, open Alexa, ' and ask Alexa to order diapers using your preferred payment method for your Amazon account". Cortana, on the other hand, will be able to access Alexa's smart home and Amazon shopping features.

"The world is big and so multifaceted".

"Together", he continued, "their strengths will complement each other and provide customers with a richer and even more helpful experience". Allowing Cortana to access the thousands of available interactions available on the wildly successful Amazon Echo could squash the dream of Cortana-powered appliances before it happens. The combination of Alexa and Cortana may play to defuse competition between the two assistants while simultaneously increasing sales for both Microsoft and Amazon and pit them against the other competition.

Back at the June tech event, Amazon's Limp echoed Bezos' sentiment about cooperation. The partnership was only made public today. It's likely both Bezos and Nadella had Apple and Google at the top of their minds when they agreed to the partnership.

Amazon's Alexa now has more than 20,000 skills, up from 14,000 just a year ago. Via work the two vendors are undertaking, Alexa users will be able to take advantage of these kinds of Outlook reminders.

Alexa add organic avocados’ – Ocado adds Amazon Alexa to shopping app
Ocado’s app also helps with cooking as well as ordering

Even so, it still seems odd that these two will partner up.

"The personality and expertise of each one will be such that if they interoperated, the user will get more out of it", Nadella said.

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.

The move signifies a major shift for the competitive and crowded voice assistant market, which also includes Apple's Siri and Google Assistant.

Support for music services is now limited to Amazon Music (shocker!) and TuneIn in the United Kingdom, with support for Spotify "coming soon", according to the company.

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