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Amazon Bringing Alexa to Windows 10 PCs

Amazon Bringing Alexa to Windows 10 PCs

The new Alexa app for Windows 10 is notably separate from the deal Microsoft and Amazon struck previous year that allowed for integration between Alexa and the former's Cortana voice assistant.

Amazon's voice-activated assistant Alexa is coming to several laptop and desktop computers sold by HP Inc., Asus, and Acer.

HP, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer will integrate Alexa into a bunch of Windows 10 desktops and laptops that they will launch in 2018.

For example, the HP Pavilion Wave comes with a special LED that lights up to show that Alexa is listening. In addition, the newly announced Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit will give devs new way to bring Alexa to portable, on-the-go devices such as headphones, smart watches and fitness devices. Initially the feature will be available in the USA via an update through Acer Care Center and wider support is expected to be rolled out mid-2018. The Alexa integration will be delivered via a Windows that always listen to the "Alexa" voice command, and the app will also support keyboard shortcuts.

Alexa PCs will tap into Intel Smart Sound Technology; Acer says it will not impact system performance. That computer, like Acer's Amazon-supported PCs, also contains custom Intel audio processors that are meant to help Alexa better hear and respond to people's voices.

Amazon's Alexa app for Windows (credit: The Verge).

Last year, Amazon made significant gains in the consumer electronics market with its Alexa-powered Echo devices. Things like checking the weather, seeing sports scores, and using the various Skills already available for the assistant will be supported in the app, so you really shouldn't miss out on a whole lot by using it when to other Alexa-enabled products.

At CES 2018, expect more digital assistant-related announcements from the companies like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.

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