Good news for those who talk to Cortana and Alexa every day at home, work and on-the-go to get information or do the things, Amazon and Microsoft in a first-of digital assistant collaboration announced Tuesday, that “Cortana and Alexa integrating together to offer more choice, value and access to both intelligent personal assistants.”
This integration, which is expected to complete later this year, will allow accessing of Alexa via Cortana on Windows 10 PCs, and would be, reportedly, available on Android and iOS as well in the future.
Conversely, Cortana will be accessible too, on Alexa-enabled devices like Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Show.
“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,” Satya Nadella said.
Jeff Bezos, believes that customers should have “access to as many of those A.I.s as possible”—as together, “their strengths will complement each other and provide customers with a richer and even more helpful experience,” said Bezos. “It’s great for Echo owners to get easy access to Cortana.”
Once available, an user on a Cortana enabled Windows 10 PC will have to say “Hey Cortana, open Alexa,” followed by their command to shop on Amazon.com and manage their orders using preferred payment method, as well as access to many of Alexa’s third-party skills.
While an Echo user would say “Alexa, open Cortana” followed by their command to Cortana’s world knowledge and features such as calendar management, day at a glance and location-based reminders, Nadella said.
Let us see, how this integration goes with Harman Kardon is releasing Cortana-powered hardware later this year, and Amazon, too, is gearing up for Echo 2.0.