Microsoft and Amazon, BFF

08 May, 2018, 01:27 | Author: Pamela Mathis
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You can now use Amazon 's Alexa instead of Google Assistant by default on your Android phone. After announcing the integration of Cortana with Amazon's Alexa past year, Microsoft today showcased a demo of both assistants working in tandem to get tasks done. After all, Cortana is most dominant in PCs, while Alexa is most dominant in smart speakers.

Alexa is the preferred assistant of some because of the thousands of skills available. Since many use Alexa at home but Microsoft products at work, an integration would be a bridge between personal conveniences like ordering Ubers or playing music and task-oriented needs like calendars and business communication. Saunders then commanded Cortana to send an email to Tom Taylor, Amazon's senior vice president of Alexa, who was standing across the stage from her.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that the company is working on a new version of Cortana which will enable it to talk to other AIs. Cortana can help participants to set up meetings, find conference rooms, and set "to do" and other kinds of reminders inside documents. There are a lot of things that Cortana can do and Alexa can't. "I like Cortana. We both have experience with light rings, although hers is more of a #Halo", Microsoft joked at the show.

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The new integration is going to be available as part of a limited beta, with Microsoft encouraging interested parties to register their interest here. But these conversations are the first of many between the two digital assistants.

When Alexa was asked "What do you think of Cortana?" on a Windows 10 PC, the AI assistant responded "I like Cortana".

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