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Wednesday in CE: Amazon and Microsoft Collaborate for Alexa-Cortana Communication

31 Августа 2017, 01:53 | Lionel James

Wednesday in CE: Amazon and Microsoft Collaborate for Alexa-Cortana Communication

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"The two AI assistants will begin talking to each other later this year", claimed Gadgets 360 on Wednesday, before adding that the partnership "will also enable Cortana to work with Alexa on a range of devices".

To enable this Amazon has also rolled-out the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) Multi-Room Music SDK to the developers. On your Alexa device, you can say, 'Alexa, open Cortana, ' and ask when your first meeting is.

Amazon's Alexa Speakers are now accounting for 70% of the market share while Cortana has a user base of 145 Million users with Windows 10 installation.

In reality, there is little incentive for Apple or Google to embrace such partnerships - they are each driven by their respective mobile ecosystems, where Siri and Google Assistant are positioned to power voice search on iOS and Android.

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At a technology event in June, Amazon exec David Limp said he hoped there was a day when the company's virtual assistant, Alexa, worked with competing digital assistants like Cortana. A user working with an Alexa device will have to say "Alexa, open Cortana" and then issue a new command for Microsoft's assistant. Alexa devices will now have access to Cortana's more business-oriented features and integration with Office products, like work calendars and scheduling reminders.

According to the New York Times, Amazon's Jeff Bezos said that it's important that users "have access to as many of those AIs as possible" as in the future it's likely we'll turn to different assistants for different things.

Amazon will also release the Alexa Voice Services Multi-Room Music SDK early next year.

While Amazon's Echo is not officially available in India, devices are still fully functional and users can access some of the internet content through them. As it pertains to the AI voice arena, Microsoft deserves kudos for forging an alliance with Amazon, and likewise credit goes to Amazon for being accepting of the proposition. With Amazon's Alexa having access to Cortana, Alexa would be capable of making tasks on Outlook. So he reached out to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in May 2016. With full access to Cortana's capabilities, one might as well just buy an Echo. But, Nadella and Bezos remain hopeful.

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