CES 2018: Amazon's Alexa to challenge Cortana

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After much anticipation, Amazon Alexa has now eventually debuted on Windows 10 PCs and will sit alongside Microsoft's preloaded Cortana assistant.

These devices will reportedly use a new Alexa Windows 10 app that's being developed and will be released later this year. For this to work PC makers will have to install a special app for Alexa and make it work with there hardware for better far-field voice recognition for a better experience.

HP is adding a custom LED for Alexa to its HP Pavilion Wave desktop tower.

Computer manufacturers HP, ASUS, and Acer are all adding support for the Amazon Alexa digital assistant, with more companies likely to continue the trend. Preinstalling Alexa on Windows devices could give Amazon the exposure it needs. "Working with Intel and Amazon engineers to optimize Intel Smart Sound Technology to help deliver a hands-free experience, the 360-degree multi-directional reflective audio can hear voice commands from any angle".


As announced at CES 2018, Amazon says it's bringing its Alexa voice assistant to more devices.

Amazon and Microsoft said that Alexa and Cortana would be able to talk to each other by the end of the 2017, but the two personal assistants have yet to receive this functionality until today.

While it's unclear how many customers will be enticed by these specific Windows PCs, Amazon should be very happy about having HP, Acer and Asus commit to supporting Alexa. With the planned Cortana integration now overdue, Amazon appears to have taken another approach to getting Alexa in front of Windows users. Since all of these devices have a screen or can be connected to a monitor, Alexa will be able to display information in addition to providing audio feedback.

In August past year, Amazon and Microsoft announced that they were working together to share their digital assistant's abilities. 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. Besides a select notebooks, Acer plans to rollout Alexa to the V6820M/i 4K UHD Projector.

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