Amazon, Microsoft partner to enable AI assistants chat with each other

Amazon, Microsoft partner to enable AI assistants chat with each other

Amazon, Microsoft partner to enable AI assistants chat with each other

Microsoft's Alexa and Amazon's Cortana will begin "talking to each other" by the end of the year, letting each voice assistant's users leverage the unique capabilities of the other in an unusual collaboration between the Seattle-area tech giants.

Users will be able to say to their Echo devices, "Alexa, open Cortana", or to their Windows 10 devices, "Cortana, open Alexa". Alexa devices will now have access to Cortana's more business-oriented features and integration with Office products, like work calendars and scheduling reminders.

Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO, Amazon added that "The world is big and so multifaceted".

"I'd welcome it", Bezos said while Nadella noted that "Hopefully, they'll be inspired by it". Microsoft and Amazon have done just that by joining their digital assistant forces.

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With this partnership users will be able to Invoke Alexa using Cortana and also use Cortana Skills with Alexa. Allowing Cortana to access the thousands of available interactions available on the wildly successful Amazon Echo could squash the dream of Cortana-powered appliances before it happens. "Similarly, Cortana [pictured, left] customers can ask Alexa [pictured, right] to control their smart home devices [or] shop on Amazon.com", the statement said in part. It seems as though the two are doing this to bring in more features to their users.

HomePod is created to work with the Apple Music subscription service and can produce rich sound while tapping into the artificial intelligence power of Siri.

As the artificial intelligence war heats up, Amazon and Microsoft have chose to join forces in hopes of getting the edge over competition from Apple and Google. "On your Alexa device, you can say, 'Alexa, open Cortana, ' and ask when your first meeting is", claimed Microsoft. Indeed, other rivals in the space include Apple's Siri and Google's Assistant, each of which are now powering their own devices including Apple's HomePod and Google Home. It works with Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Pandora for now, and the company says support for Spotify and SiriusXM is "coming soon".

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