Amazon and Microsoft are Combining their Robotic Assistants

Pretty soon Windows 10 users can summon Alexa, and Echo users can call for Cortana on their smart speakers. In turn, Cortana users can employ Alexa to shop on Amazon and use the extensive skills library from third-party developers.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO says, "Ensuring Cortana is available for our customers everywhere and across any device is a key priority for us". "There are going to be multiple successful intelligent agents, each with access to different sets of data and with different specialized skill areas". While the move is geared toward consumers, it also has deep ties in the enterprise and could set the stage for future deals. Users will be able to use the AI assistants by simply saying "Alexa, open Cortana" or "Cortana, open Alexa".

Both companies say that later this fall, users will be able to access Alexa using Cortana on Windows 10 computers and on Android and Apple devices. Amazon certainly is off to a good start in the smart speaker business with Echo, and now, access to 400 million Windows PC users. And both have very different strengths that complement each other. Nadella added that in bringing all of Cortana's features to Alexa is a huge step toward the company's goal.

"The more places "Assistant" appears, the more likely it is that people will engage with the voice companion and that's not territory Google wants to cede to someone like Amazon", the report said. This latest innovation follows another United Kingdom first, when Hermes integrated with Amazon's intelligent personal assistant Alexa earlier this year.

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There's the bigger question as to why the Samsung-owned company is releasing speakers running Alexa and Cortana instead of Bixby, but the immediate question is how this even made it out of R&D.

MyHermes has continued their mission to interact with the latest wave of smart devices on the market by becoming the first parcel company in the United Kingdom to fully integrate its tracking solution with Google Assistant.

Cortana coming to Echo devices brings over a lot of options, such as having access to Cortana's many productivity features.

"They both get something out of it, which is mainly showing Apple and Google that they're willing to work together to get stronger", Milanesi said.

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