Amazon's Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana to talk to each other
Emails, calendars, shopping and home automation now available from single platform
Amazon and Microsoft will open their voice-controlled virtual assistants to interact with each other, Reuters is reporting.
Cortana works well within the Microsoft ecosystem, for instance accessing Office calendars and emails, while Alexa can control connected home devices and facilitate shopping on Amazon.com.
A simple “Alexa, open Cortana,” or “Cortana, open Alexa,” opens a much broader range of services for users.
The partnership marks the first time two technology companies have opened up their AI-powered virtual aides to each other. Alexa, Cortana and other virtual assistants such as Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant are known to use data from their own parent companies with no interaction with each other.
“Together, their strengths will complement each other and provide customers with a richer and even more helpful experience,” said Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, quoted by Reuters.