Alexa to live in new Windows 10 PCs launching later this year

Alexa to live in new Windows 10 PCs launching later this year

Alexa to live in new Windows 10 PCs launching later this year

So also Amazon's Alexa assistant is supported on a bevy of Amazon Echo branded smart speakers, and speakers from Sonos, LG and ironically Harmon Kardon (not to mention support for cars, smart home devices and so on and so forth).

Amazon Alexa is an intelligent personal assistant design by retail giant Amazon, and first used on the Echo speakers.

Additionally, it's not entirely clear at this stage, given that the launch was for specific laptops, whether all capable machines will be able to use the Windows 10 version of Alexa or whether it is specifically available on these new ranges, and that fact alone could make a huge difference.

Alexa already works with the Acer Air Monitor, and it will also be available on Acer's new V6820M and V6820i 4K UHD projectors.

Meanwhile, Google has been making the "Hey, Google" wake-word of its rival service visible on every possible surface at CES as the battle between it and Alexa seems set to accelerate. For instance, Alexa can order a Domino's pizza for you, or even arrange an Uber pick-up. "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". Last weekend, Microsoft announced a better integration for Cortana with Dynamics CRM, with a focus "on building a new long-term intelligent solution experience, which will include Cortana digital assistant integration". "This is a big step toward making Alexa available wherever customers might need her". Alexa will present responses to questions with visuals on Windows 10, just like Cortana.

Amazon Alexa is coming to Windows 10 PCs

It would be trivial to say that Microsoft should work with more manufacturers of smart speakers and cars to integrate Cortana in their systems because one would expect the firm is already doing that.

"Consumers using Alexa on PC will be susceptible to Amazon sales creep". "The true goal of Amazon is to promote its services, and bolster its base of Amazon Prime subscribers". Notebooks with Acer Purified.Voice and four digital microphones, like the Switch 7 Black Edition and Spin 5, will support Alexa from up to 9 feet away.

Acer says it will bring Alexa to its PCs through an update starting in the first quarter of this year, with a wider rollout expected in mid-2018.

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