The Alexa-Cortana crossover is now available to the public

Microsoft and Amazon are Partnering on Cortana and Alexa Integration

Microsoft and Amazon are Partnering on Cortana and Alexa Integration

On August 15, the pair are taking the next step in this process, by opening up initial integration between Cortana and Alexa to the public, beginning in the US.

Amazon teases that this is only the beginning of the relationship between Alexa and Cortana; it also warns that some features aren't available under the preview, including access to audiobooks, music, and Alexa's flash briefing. Alexa users will have access to Cortana's knowledge and helpful productivity features such as calendar management, day at a glance and rich email integration. Many of Alexa's third-party skills will be available to Cortana users, but not all, though that's supposed to change in the future. The plan is to enable more device types and skills over time, Microsoft officials said. The companies gave a preview of the functionality at Microsoft's 2018 Build event, showcasing how Alexa and Cortana can work together. But Cortana is more reserved and profesh, since she works with Microsoft products like Outlook.

Updated It has taken the best part of a year, but from today Microsoft fans can talk to Cortana through the vaguely creepy ears of Amazon's Echo devices and vice versa. From a Cortana-native device (a Windows 10 PC, an Xbox, the Harman Kardon speaker), "Hey Cortana, open Alexa" will switch you to speaking to Alexa. For those on Windows 10, they can click the microphone button, then simply say, "Open Alexa".

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Originally announced last August, with a tentative delivery date towards the end of previous year, the tie-up was meant to give Amazon users access to functionality such as Cortana's Office 365 integration, while allowing Cortana users (if using a multiple is appropriate) to leverage the Echo's impressive smart home integration and do a bit of shopping.

I have to say, I am not sure this integration will be widely used.

Currently, Alexa has 45,000 skills compared to just 250 for Cortana, but this tie-up could lead developers to show more support for Microsoft's digital assistant, which was originally developed for Windows Phones as a challenger to Apple's Siri and Google's Google Assistant.

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