Alexa and Cortana are all set to ‘talk’ to each other this Fall
Tech giants, Amazon and Microsoft have recently announced a new deal they’ve made for their voice assistants, Alexa and Cortana, respectively, to communicate with each other. This new collaboration will see Cortana supported with Alexa, and similarly, Alexa supported on Cortana. This means that you’ll be able to access Cortana through Amazon Echo, as well as Alexa on the Windows 10 platform.
According to a press release that Amazon released, Amazon Echo smart speaker users can use Cortana to book a meeting or to check their calendar, or Cortana users, in turn, can control their smart home via Alexa. When the feature becomes available to the masses this fall, users will be able to access one virtual voice assistant through the other by saying, “Cortana, open Alexa,” or, “Alexa, open Cortana,” and then go on to giving their command.
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, said in a statement, “Ensuring Cortana is available for our customers everywhere and across any device is a key priority for us. Bringing Cortana’s knowledge, Office 365 integration, commitments, and reminders to Alexa is a great step toward that goal.”
Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, said. “The world is big and so multifaceted. There are going to be multiple successful intelligent agents, each with access to different sets of data and with different specialized skill areas. Together, their strengths will complement each other and provide customers with a richer and even more helpful experience. It’s great for Echo owners to get easy access to Cortana.” Bezos also said that he expected people people would use different AI assistants for different things in the future, by saying, “I want [customers] to have access to as many of these AIs as possible.”
The CEOs also said that they were open to joining forces with Apple and Google.
This recent, surprising move by these two tech biggies signifies a huge shift for the virtual assistant market, which currently also includes Siri (by Apple), and Google Assistant. This collaboration may also see a rise in the adoption of smart home devices. We couldn’t be more excited to see what more this development brings to the smart home market. At the end of the day, this is only going to benefit consumers more with a more integrated experience and taking a huge step to solve the problem of interoperability