Microsoft kicked off its 2018 Build Conference in a big way. The software company introduced a new method of digital communication.
When Cortana Met Alexa
On Monday, May 7, Build Conference attendees were surprised when Amazon Alexa Senior Vice President Tom Taylor joined Microsoft general manager Megan Saunders on stage for a unique demonstration. The two tech leaders shared that customers would be able to use the two digital assistants in tangent in the future. Some of the examples that were used in the demonstration included checking schedules with Cortana on an Amazon Echo and using Alexa to order an Uber while using a Microsoft Windows 10.
How Does It Work?
During the demonstration, the leaders revealed that if a user wanted to work with Cortana on Alexa, they would be able to summon the Microsoft digital assistant on Amazon's device. Both companies are hoping that Alexa and Cortana develop a symbiotic relationship where the devices would able to help their users get tasks done.
When Will It Come Out?
Many attendees hoped that the surprise revelation would also mean that Microsoft and Amazon would announce when this integration feature would be released. However, Saunders stated that the product was still in its beta testing. Also, Saunders revealed that the company launched a website that would allow developers to assist in the integration process. She challenged developers to start thinking of ideas that would enhance the connection between the two digital assistants.
A Tech Times Exclusive
Tech Times recently corresponded with Microsoft with an inquiry about the partnership. An organization spokesperson stated the collaboration between the two companies was the result of direct conversations with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
"Our ongoing goal has been to make Cortana your intelligent assistant, wherever you need assistance, and across many devices and platforms; from Windows 10 PCs to iPhone and Android. By bringing Cortana to Alexa and Alexa to Cortana, we are adding more value and choice for consumers and developers alike," said a Microsoft spokesperson.
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