Quite a remarkable incident for the tech domain has occurred! Alexa and Cortana are the latest BFFs and yes its true! Well, for users, they can now use Alexa-enabled devices to talk to Cortana and vice versa. This feature was initially unveiled by Microsoft and Amazon at Microsoft’s BUILD developer conference, but however, was limited to beta testers only. But, here comes the good news where it is now available to a wider audience as a public preview. However, as of now, this feature is available only in the US.
Just a year back, Amazon and Microsoft declared their path-breaking idea of integrating their digital assistants, Alexa and Cortana, to each others’ devices. A year to this, and the two tech giants’ are making their first results public.
So for now, users won’t have the basic access to music or other multimedia content. However, they might keep a check on their daily calendar from Outlook on the Echo, or order something on Amazon through the desktop PC, simply by asking the digital assistant. The integration is still in its primary stage and these ideas might seem, to be honest, still fairly rudimentary. But Microsoft and Amazon have found it relevant enough to release this to the general public. Microsoft and Amazon expect that users might definitely have something to say about the final product, and are actively seeking feedback from users on the quality of the integration, taking suggestions on how to improve it.
Even this integration is generally complementary, as Alexa and Cortana operate in different spheres, however, users here might feel that the team up is partly to keep Google and Siri at bay.
For instance, users might try this right now on an Echo device, by saying “Alexa, open Cortana” and the assistant would show the steps to set up the Microsoft account. If on a Windows 10 PC or having Harman-Kardon Invoke speakers, then users might try “Hey Cortana, open Alexa” or click the microphone button and say “open Alexa.” Then users just need to follow the steps to set up the Amazon account. Once this account is authorized, users would be able to summon them just the way done on the original device.
So, right now, neither Microsoft nor Amazon have provided the list of features or of geographies to be covered with the integration, although both said the Skills would be eventually enhanced over time to cover more and more actions.