You use both Alexa and Cortana as voice assistants, but since they’re made by different companies, the two have been unable to talk to each other—until now.
In a new spirit of cooperation between Amazon and Microsoft, your two friendly, neighborhood voice assistants are now on speaking terms. That means you can ask Alexa to summon Cortana and Cortana to summon Alexa. You can then access certain information and perform certain tasks through whatever computer or device you’re using.
Why use Alexa to access Cortana? You may be near your Echo but not your Windows 10 computer and need to retrieve information that you would normally get from Cortana. Similarly, you might be at your Windows 10 computer but not near an Echo device and need information that you’d normally get from Alexa.
“An Office 365 customer could, for instance, ask Cortana to summon Alexa through a PC at work and use Alexa to order groceries or adjust the thermostat before heading home for the day,” Microsoft said in its blog post announcing the integration. “And someone making breakfast in the kitchen could enlist Cortana through an Echo device to preview a daily calendar, add an item to a to-do list, or check for new emails before heading to the office.”
For now, the Alexa skill is available in the US on Windows 10 devices and Harman Kardon Invoke…