Wednesday in CE: Amazon and Microsoft Collaborate for Alexa-Cortana Communication
In a joint press release, Amazon and Microsoft announced a new collaborative effort that will allow Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistants to communicate with one another. The companies explained that Alexa customers will be able to access Cortana’s unique feature set, including booking meetings, accessing work calendars, reading work email, and more—all through voice controls. Similarly, Cortana customers will be able to ask Alexa to control their smart home devices, shop on Amazon, interact with more than 20,000 skills, and more.
"The world is big and so multifaceted. There are going to be multiple successful intelligent agents, each with access to different sets of data and with different specialized skill areas. Together, their strengths will complement each other and provide customers with a richer and even more helpful experience," Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO, Amazon, said in a statement. "It's great for Echo owners to get easy access to Cortana."
Alexa and Cortana will begin to integrate later this year.