Amazon and Microsoft Team Up to Allow Communication Between Their Digital Assistants

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In today’s digital age, virtual personal assistant bots have become really popular – I’m sure you all know Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana and Google’s… well, the company just prefer to call it Google Assistant.  But have you ever thought about them interacting with each other?  Never… until today.

“Alexa, meet Cortana.  Cortana, meet Alexa.”

 

Just like Alexa that powers the Echo devices, Cortana, is Microsoft’s voice activated digital agent that can be accessed on any device that runs on Windows 10.

Today, Amazon announced that customers can now access work calendars, set reminders, read work email, and more, by asking Alexa to open Cortana for them.

Similarly, Microsoft users will also have access to Alexa’s over 20,000 skills through Cortana.

“Bringing Cortana’s knowledge, Office 365 integration, commitments, and reminders to Alexa is a great step toward that goal.  The world is big and so multifaceted. There are going to be multiple successful intelligent agents, each with access to different sets of data and with different specialized skill areas. Together, their strengths will complement each other and provide customers with a richer and even more helpful experience,” “It’s great for Echo owners to get easy access to Cortana,” said Mr. Bezos.

When asked by NY Times about future integration with Apple and Google, both CEOs said that they are open to it and hope that this collaboration between Amazon and Microsoft will inpsire the two other companies.

Alexa and Cortana will officially integrate with each other later this year.