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Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Build 2018: Microsoft Cortana to soon work with Amazon Alexa

Build 2018: Microsoft Cortana to soon work with Amazon Alexa

Then Alexa Senior VP Tom Taylor demonstrated using Cortana at work to check on his restaurant reservation before asking Cortana to raise Alexa to order an Uber.

Now, the latter has received a majorly expanded potential user base with an update that allows Android phones to set Amazon Alexa as the default voice assistant over Google Assistant, as is possible with Microsoft's Cortana.

When Microsoft and Amazon first discussed integrating their virtual assistants, it was described as a two-way street - that is, Cortana could pass requests back to Alexa, and vice versa.

The mashup is still being tested, but was shown Monday at Microsoft's annual Build conference for developers in Seattle.

Of course, what people really wanted to hear about is when the Cortana-Alexa integration would go live, and unfortunately there was no news on that front.

Top technology companies see voice-activated digital assistants as a way to extend their reach, and their products, into consumers' lives whether at home, work or in their cars.

The companies have been quiet on the partnership since its initial unveiling, and they didn't debut the Alexa-Cortana service by the end of past year, as they originally said they would. She also used Cortana to send an email to the other person.

"I like Cortana. We both have experience with light rings, although hers is more of a Halo".

I'd imagine there are a few of you out there who purchased a bunch of Amazon Echo devices out of the gate instead of Google Home, since Echo had such a head start on Google's smart speakers. But these conversations are the first of many between the two digital assistants. It is a well-planned integration where the users can have the best of both worlds. This announcement, like the others, was made during Microsoft Build on the 7th of May, 2018.

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