Microsoft and Amazon, BFF

Angelica Greene
May 8, 2018

For instance, you could ask Alexa to open Cortana via Alexa-enabled devices. Microsoft is looking to its Alexa-Cortana integration partnership - announced previous year, but still only available in limited closed preview (with no final ETA date available) - as one way to try to get Cortana working on more devices, such as Amazon's Echo.

In an onstage demo, Megan Saunders, Microsoft's general manger of Cortana, began talking to an Amazon Echo, adding milk to a shopping list, then commanded Alexa to open Cortana and tell her about her day.

Microsoft and Amazon officials shared the stage at the Microsoft Build developer conference in a historic moment between the Seattle area's two signature tech giants and two of the biggest tech companies in the world. After all, Cortana is most dominant in PCs, while Alexa is most dominant in smart speakers.

Aside from the Pixel 2, other devices reported to have support for the Alexa feature include the Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, Galaxy S9, Sony Xperia Z5C, One Plus 5, Moto G5 Plus, and more. Cortana is just another skill. Both Cortana and Alexa will only show up if you have those two apps installed, naturally. Alexa booked an Uber ride for him. "We both have experience with light rings, although hers is more of a halo".

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Microsoft unveiled the "Your Phone" app for Windows 10 which is created to mirror a phone straight to a desktop PC while it will also let Windows 10 users access texts, notifications, photos.

The demo was set in a scenario with an Echo speaker in the home and Cortana on a PC at work because Amazon is the most popular speaker in USA households, and Cortana, which is available on hundreds of millions of PCs running Windows 10, is the most popular assistant in the workplace. It is a well-planned integration where the users can have the best of both worlds.

During Build on May 7, Microsoft showed as part of the smart meetings demo some participants wearing these kinds of devices in order to view data spatially.

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