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Microsoft shows off Cortana and Amazon Alexa integration at Build 2018

Microsoft shows off Cortana and Amazon Alexa integration at Build 2018

Microsoft's Cortana and Amazon's Alexa are finally talking, fulfilling a groundbreaking promise made previous year to bring the rival digital assistants together. If you're a keen student of the Force, then you'll be getting ready to celebrate some way and Amazon's Alexa is primed to help you join in. "So we've been working with our friends across the lake at Amazon to really bring Alexa and Cortana together to benefit every developer and user", said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

Those who have access to Alexa via the Amazon Echo devices can ask several questions, including: "Alexa, can you talk like Yoda?", "Alexa, tell me a Star Wars Joke" or even "Alexa, use the force".

But there were some concerns those commands would be awkward, and that integrations like this could be unnecessary too.

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. It didn't look quite as unwieldy as you may have imagined.

Amazon Echo is designed around your voice.

The companies have been quiet on the partnership since its initial unveiling, and they didn't debut the Alexa-Cortana service by the end of previous year, as they originally said they would.

In the first demonstration of this pairing, Alexa seemed able to run through the same interface as Cortana fairly seamlessly, and vice-versa.

Previously, you only had the choice of Google Assistant, Microsoft's Cortana, or "None".

Amazon only recently added voice support to a few more of its own products last month. The voice changed to Alexa and Taylor ordered an Uber to get to the restaurant.

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. "We both have experience with light rings, although hers is more of a halo". Oh, hardy-har-har.

At the time, users were demoed using handoff triggers to utilize both Alexa and Cortana in a weird 3-way conversation example. Taylor demonstrated how he could access both Alexa and Cortana on his PC. "And we can't wait to see what you build".

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