Taking on Apple Siri and Google Assistant, Microsoft and Amazon have showcased the first-ever coming together of Cortana and Alexa – their two Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered assistants. Also Read - Forza Horizon 5 available for pre-orders: Price in India, editions and more
The tech giants performed the first such integration between the two intelligent assistants at the “Build 2018” developers’ conference here on Monday. Also Read - Everything Xbox and Bethesda showcased during E3 2021: Age of Empires IV, Xbox mini-fridge and more
Megan Saunders, Microsoft Cortana General Manager and Tom Taylor, Amazon Alexa Senior Vice President, showcased how Alexa and Cortana would work together in the near future. Also Read - Windows 11 Sun Valley teased officially with YouTube video ahead of June 24 reveal
“For all of you developers out there building skills, Cortana and Alexa will enable access to more people across more devices. And we can’t wait to see what you build,” said Saunders.
While Alexa accepted personal requests, Cortana helped with business needs.
The integration works with the command: “Alexa, open Cortana.”
Cortana will help you send an email or browse through your official assignments while Alexa within the Cortana interface will help you with personal daily chores.
Although Microsoft has not revealed when it will be available for general users, it has called on developers to create more integrated solutions for both the assistants and has launched a website to sign up for more information.
Microsoft and Amazon had announced to integrate their virtual assistants last year.