If you own a Windows 10 PC, you will soon be able to use your voice with its built-in Cortana assistant to access Alexa on Amazon's supported devices, such as its Echo speakers. Both Amazon and Microsoft are working toward integrating their assistants into vehicles, as well. Meanwhile, Cortana was announced by Microsoft in May 2015 and released for its Windows Phone product.
According to the publication, the integration is coming about because Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos realized that Cortana offered unique features related to Microsoft Outlook and Office that Amazon's Alexa asked.
"The world is big and so multifaceted".
Amazon's Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana voice assistants will be able to speak to each other in the near future, marking the first major integration between the leading voice giants.
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MobileSyrup has reached out to Microsoft to find out how the partnership will work in Canada given that Alexa isn't available here through an Echo device just yet.
A collaboration of this sort is rare, especially for big-name companies like Microsoft and Amazon.
With Alexa as a guest on Cortana, Cortana users will now have another way of making their lives easier with a great shopping experience.
News of the partnership arrives via a New York Times report, which notes that users will be able to summon Cortana using Alexa, and vice versa, "by the end of the year". Right now Amazon says the new feature is available to Echo device owners in just three countries, which are the US, the United Kingdom, and Germany, at least for now. "Cortana gets access to very diverse Alexa consumer and home automation skills". You'll also be able to check up on your Cortana reminders or read your work e-mail.
"Ensuring Cortana is available for our customers everywhere and across any device is a key priority for us", Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said.