Amazon Alexa Arrives On Windows 10 PCs

09 January, 2018, 01:45 | Author: Pamela Mathis
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According to Mehedi Hassan of Thurrott.com, Asus and Lenovo are also building new Windows 10 devices to bring a widen availability of Alexa in the market of Windows PCs.

Alexa will come pre-installed as an app on devices with support for the smart assistant.

Instead of just saying "Hey Cortana, open Alexa", to launch the service on a different product, the new idea appears to be total Alexa functionality built into Windows.

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The Amazon Echo (powered by Alexa) and Google Home (powered by Google Assistant) speakers are major rivals in this sphere - though Amazon is said to be far ahead in sales. Users will be able to control the projector after enabling the Acer Projector Smart Home skill by asking Alexa compatible Acer PC, "Alexa, turn on the projector", "Alexa, select HDMI as the projector source", or "Alexa, change projector display mode to bright". The manufacturer's announcement was light on details, but we suspect future Alexa models will sport the multi-microphone arrays that have become common on high-end laptops over the last few months.

Some of these new PCs - like Acer's lineup - will come with special hardware that will let Alexa respond to commands more quickly and hear you better over loud music, similar to Amazon's own Echo devices. The tower-like HP Pavilion Wave has Intel Smart Sound Technology that is claimed to deliver 360-degree, multi-directional reflective audio.

Later this year you will see Amazon's Alexa available on thousands of machines, adding to already hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of Alexa-enabled devices. With Alexa soon to be available on the same system, it could also spell doom for Microsoft's digital assistant. However, it means more competition for contenders Google Assistant and Microsoft Cortana, the latter of which could be facing an early grave. It may have decided it would rather consumers interact with Alexa directly, instead of accessing the assistant via Cortana.

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