By Katharine Schwab.
One of the most annoying things about digital voice assistants is that they don’t work across platforms. You may use a Microsoft computer at work, an iPhone when you’re mobile, and an Amazon Echo at home, but the assistants that come with each device don’t talk to each other, so they aren’t able to help you seamlessly throughout your day. That’s about to change.
Amazon and Microsoft have announced that their assistants Alexa and Cortana will soon be able to communicate. This means that users with a Microsoft computer will be able to say, “Cortana, open Alexa,” and then ask Alexa to do things like shop on Amazon.com or use any of the 20,000 or more skills built specifically for Alexa by third-party developers. On the flip side, Echo owners will be able to ask Alexa to open Cortana and then access some of Cortana’s features that coordinate with Microsoft Office–like booking meetings and reading a work email address. The idea is to help break down barriers between the two ecosystems, allowing users to access more information even if it’s on different platforms.
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