Microsoft demonstrates Cortana-Alexa integration at Build 2018

Microsoft demonstrates Cortana-Alexa integration at Build 2018

We're not the only ones participating, though, because Amazon is there with us, donning a robe, finding a roll of cardboard, and pretending that it has a lightsaber as well, or at least getting its Alexa smart speaker assistant into the action for the day.

Back in August previous year, Microsoft and Amazon have announced that they are working to integrate their digital personal assistants Cortana and Alexa into each other.

Microsoft at Build 2018 finally revived its AI-based assistant, Cortana.

But the company also is embedding Cortana in more of its own apps and services, including its Teams workplace chat product; Outlook; and Windows (via the shell) to make it available to users where they are and in the context where they're working. In short, it would seem that Alexa is going to handle "personal" stuff while Cortana's going to handle all the "business". "It is a smart move to provide LOVE SPORT's rich and engaging content through the voice assistant channels where consumers are eagerly seeking out new sources of information and entertainment", said Pat Higbie, CEO and co-founder of XAPPmedia. Then he asked Cortana to open Alexa, and Amazon's assistant responded "Hi there, this is Alexa, how can I help". Users will still be able to say their wake command (such as "Ok Google" or "Hey Google") to bring up the Google Assistant. Then she called up Cortana by saying, "Alexa, open Cortana" and had Microsoft's digital assistant run through her calendar and send an email.

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Taylor used Alexa to order an Uber using the third-party Uber skill and told her to turn off the lights.

Saunders referred to the experience as still being in a "limited beta" for the time being, but did note the launch of a new website for developers. Taylor demonstrated how he could access both Alexa and Cortana on his PC.

Either way you choose to access your settings, you will see a list of available assistants.

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