Alexa and Cortana finally team up in limited beta

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That really is especially persuasive should you have an Amazon Echo at residence, at which you might already be utilised to applying Alexa to even check the weather, then play with the news or add items into your own shopping list.

The ability for Microsoft's Cortana assistant to drive Amazon's Alexa and vice versa was promised to Windows users by last December, but it's taken a little longer than anticipated.

This demonstrated the two companies' eventual goal of ensuring both can access the key advantages of the other's personal assistant, whether it's on PCs or Echo devices. If you're an Amazon Music subscriber, you can listen to music with your Cortana devices, and if you use Microsoft services, you can access them from Alexa now. Cortana can help participants to set up meetings, find conference rooms, and set "to do" and other kinds of reminders inside documents. Both Cortana and Alexa will only show up if you have those two apps installed, naturally.

After the Alexa-to-Cortana demo, Taylor showed off the reverse situation - calling up Alexa from Cortana. Alexa booked an Uber ride for him. On Windows 10 PCs, Alexa shows up in the same interface as Cortana does.

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

Microsoft said that the digital assistant integration is now only available in a limited beta but those interested can sign up here to receive an alert when it goes live. Research firm Tractica estimates the enterprise market alone for voice-activated digital assistant software will reach $7.7 billion in 2025 and there will be more than 1 billion users by then.

During the Microsoft Build 2018, the software maker announced its "Blockchain Workbench" for Azure that will make it easier for developers to develop and build Azure-supported blockchain network.

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