Not one, but two assistants

Amazon Alexa assistant coming to Windows 10

Amazon and PC makers are partnering to bring Alexa to a select number of PCs running Windows 10.

You’ll soon be able to interact with Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant on your Windows 10 device. According to a report from The Verge, Lenovo, Acer, Asus, and HP have announced that they’ll be integrating Alexa in a select number of new laptops and desktops running Windows 10 releasing later in 2018.

This is different from the Cortana and Alexa integration that both companies, Microsoft and Amazon, promised back in 2017. Instead, a new Alexa app is in the works and expected to be ready in the spring, which manufacturers will be able to add to devices with support for far-field voice recognition.

For example, HP is planning to integrate Alexa on its Pavilion Wave PC, and Lenovo will be bringing a similar integration to a number of Windows 10 laptops.

Alexa app on Windows 10 (image source: The Verge)
Alexa app on Windows 10 (image source: The Verge)

It’s yet unclear all the functionalities users will be able to use with Alexa on Windows 10, but the app at least is expected to have the basic features you’d find in the app for mobile devices or in the web. In addition, you’ll be able to invoke Alexa hands-free using voice command, or using a keyboard shortcut.

Some manufacturers and Amazon are expected to show off the assistant challenging Cortana during CES 2018 in Las Vegas.

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