09 May, 2018
Taking on Apple Siri and Google Assistant, Microsoft and Amazon have showcased the first-ever coming together of Cortana and Alexa - their two Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered assistants. In Amazon Echo smart speaker, Cortana can be heard just like how Alexa was heard. Follow these steps on your Galaxy S9 in order to use Alexa. Then he asked Cortana to "open Alexa" and the response was "Hi there, this is Alexa, how can i help".
The reaction, as shown above, obviously received applause from the crowd who clearly understand the Halo reference stated within Alexa's reply. From there, you can choose whichever service you want, and you will now see Amazon Alexa as one of the options.
The skill also works with Amazon's Echo Show, Echo Tap and Dash Wand.
ALWAYS READY, CONNECTED, AND FAST With the free Amazon Alexa App, Alexa is always ready to play your favorite music, provide weather and news updates, answer questions, create lists, and much more. "By bringing Cortana to Alexa and Alexa to Cortana, we are adding more value and choice for consumers and developers alike", said a Microsoft spokesperson.
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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. Also, the change could ultimately give you a reason to move away from the default Google Assistant that is nearly all-pervasive on your Android hardware and even let you make payments using your voice.
"We believe voice will make customers' lives easier at home, at work and everywhere in between", Taylor said.
The first place this system team-up was announced to be integrated was with Microsoft 365.