Build 2018: Microsoft Cortana to soon work with Amazon Alexa

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The company has launched a dedicated website where interested users can subscribe to get latest updates on the Cortana-Alexa integration.

These aren't the best examples of why you would want to interact with two assistants on one device - reliance on Microsoft's productivity software and Amazon's much wider smart home compatibility are more likely the reasons people will go for this team up.

Microsoft's Megan Saunders shows off the first Alexa-Cortana integrations. You will also not be able to trigger Alexa using the Pixel 2's "squeeze" functionality.

Microsoft demonstrated the developing technology on stage tonight. It is available through 558AM, DAB and digital platforms such as on the web, Apple App Store and Google Play, and now Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Then you can take a peek at how they work so you know how to use Alexa and your Android in any situation.

Microsoft at Build 2018 finally revived its AI-based assistant, Cortana. Also for developers Microsoft is promising building skills for Cortana and Alexa will enable access to more devices across devices.

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When Microsoft and Amazon first discussed integrating their virtual assistants, it was described as a two-way street - that is, Cortana could pass requests back to Alexa, and vice versa.

It's fascinating to see the Seattle region's two tech titans working together, and for users of multiple voice assistants, it's encouraging that they're giving it a try. The pun here is about the AI character Cortana in Microsoft Xbox game Halo.

However, the demo mostly showed that this budding relationship between Alexa and Cortana needs some work.

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 a year ago, as they originally said they would. From there, you're able to use Alexa to send text messages, create shopping lists, control smart home systems, and more.

Having said that, the most recent development ultimately has got the capacity to allow you to own Alexa while the default option assistant on your own Android gadget.

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