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Wed, 15 Aug 2018 17:29:02 +0000

Microsoft and Amazon’s Cortana and Alexa integration is now available

Microsoft and Amazon announced a partnership a year ago that would allow each company’s voice assistant to access the other. That integration between Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana was demonstrated earlier this year and today it has become available to the public. After completing an initial linking process, users will be able to say “Alexa, open Cortana” to an Alexa device and say “Cortana, open Alexa” to a Cortana device.

Before using Cortana through Alexa, or vice versa, you’ll need to link the two voice assistants and grant the necessary permissions. To do so, you’ll need to enable the Cortana skill through either the web or the Alexa app. After doing so, you’ll need to log in with or create a Microsoft account, and then accept the permission requests that allow the two voice assistants to share information.

Integration between the two voice assistants is very rudimentary and a bit clunky, but this is currently a bit of a public trial that the two companies will use to improve the service. Microsoft says “the goal is to have two integrated digital assistants who can carry out tasks across different dimensions of daily life.”

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