“Ensuring Cortana is available for our customers everywhere and across any device is a key priority for us. Bringing Cortana’s knowledge, Office 365 integration, commitments, and reminders to Alexa is a great step toward that goal,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “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. It’s great for Echo owners to get easy access to Cortana,” said Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO, Amazon.In an official blog, Andrew Shuman, Corporate Vice President, Cortana Engineering, Microsoft states that by bringing Cortana to Alexa and Alexa to Cortana, the company is trying to add more value and choice for consumers and developers alike. According to several news reports, the news comes just as Microsoft is preparing to launch its Cortana speaker in collaboration with Harman Kardon. Once that is out in the market, customers will have to chose between Microsoft and Amazon devices, or at least when it comes to smart speakers.
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