Amazon Alexa is ready for Star Wars Day, just ask her

Alexa learns the power of the force for Star Wars Day

If you're a keen student of the Force, then you'll be getting ready to celebrate some way and Amazon's Alexa is primed to help you join in.

Back in August previous year, Microsoft and Amazon have announced that they are working to integrate their digital personal assistants Cortana and Alexa into each other. It's worth noting that some smartphones, such as the Huawei Mate 9, did come with Alexa integration in the past. Microsoft's Megan Saunders, general manager of Cortana and Tom Taylor, SVP at Amazon showed off how it works.

"We want to make it possible for our customers to get the most out of their personal assistants, not be bound to a single one". Details of the partnership were spelled out a bit more, but it's still in its early days as neither company was ready to announce a concrete release time. So he just used Alexa on a Windows 10 PC. If you're an Amazon Music subscriber, you can listen to music with your Cortana devices, and if you use Microsoft services, you can access them from Alexa now.

In fact, to celebrate May The Fourth Be With You's "Star Wars Day" (because that's what it is), Amazon has added a few things to Alexa to celebrate the Star Wars fan-person in all of us. In addition to LOVE SPORT's core listener base in the United Kingdom, the shows will also be available to Alexa and Google Assistant users in Australia, Canada, India and the U.S. After that, a user can follow-up questions and commands such as "send an email", something which you wouldn't be able to do while using Alexa alone. The answer should be (or will be soon): "I like Cortana". Alexa booked an Uber ride for him.

Microsoft foreshadowed some of these smart-meeting scenarios a year ago in a podcast, describing Cortana conference room features that one day could become commonplace.

Microsoft said that the digital assistant integration is now only available in a limited beta but those interested can sign up here to receive an alert when it goes live. So a user, while at work, might say "Cortana, open Alexa" to do something like turn on the porch light at home or buy something online. "And we can't wait to see what you build".

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