Two major competitors to Apple’s Siri voice controllable assistant – Microsoft Cortana and Amazon Alexa – will soon be able to talk to each other.
The feature will arrive later this year.
“Ensuring Cortana is available for our customers everywhere and across any device is a key priority for us,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “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,” said Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO, Amazon. “It’s great for Echo owners to get easy access to Cortana.”
Cortana is natively available through Windows 10 PCs. Alexa can be found on the popular Echo line that includes the Echo Show, Echo Dot, Echo, and more.