Alexa and Cortana finally team up in limited beta

08 May, 2018, 00:54 | Author: Tara Reeves
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We're not the only ones participating, though, because Amazon is there with us, donning a robe, finding a roll of cardboard, and pretending that it has a lightsaber as well, or at least getting its Alexa smart speaker assistant into the action for the day. Well, it seems as though the companies have finally figured out everything. If you think that Alexa's skills are much more useful and convenient when asking your phone to do tasks and answer questions, then you will now be able to make it work for you. The answer should be (or will be soon): "I like Cortana". She then asked Cortana about her day to which Cortana responded with relevant information.

Of course, what people really wanted to hear about is when the Cortana-Alexa integration would go live, and unfortunately there was no news on that front. For those with a Pixel 2, it won't work with the squeeze feature.

The other person, in the demo, said he was in his office. He summons Cortana to ask where Harvest Vine is to which Cortana replies and shows him where the place is. Taylor then booked a ride through Uber to his destination.

After the Alexa-to-Cortana demo, Taylor showed off the reverse situation - calling up Alexa from Cortana. Here, for example, he used Alexa to book a ride which Cortana can not do. There, Microsoft promised multi-sense, multi-device experiences. On Windows 10 PCs, Alexa shows up in the same interface as Cortana does.

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"We want to make it possible for our customers to be able to get the most out of their personal digital assistants and not be bound to a single walled garden and for developers to work with the maximum number of users", said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

The important thing to note here is that this wasn't just a simple integration.

The integration looks like a great first step, though we'd love to see more ways to have the user invoke either assistant, and perhaps even have them proactively "interject" based on the query.

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