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Amazon Alexa to launch on Windows 10 PCs this year

Amazon Alexa to launch on Windows 10 PCs this year

One of the best and widely available Voice Assistant is Amazon Alexa and now the company is increasing its reach by making it available on the Windows 10 platform. However, not all Alexa features will be available at launch, so users will have to wait even longer to be able to access security camera feeds, use Amazon's calling and messaging services, and use streaming services like Spotify. With Alexa enabled, you can ask your laptop or desktop to do anything you might ask of your Echo device: check calendars, create lists and answer questions, play music, and manage smart home devices. Lenovo, Asus, and Acer also reportedly plan to bring Alexa to a series of Windows 10 laptops and desktops. The irony is that this Alexa integration in Windows 10 PCs will compete directly with Microsoft's built-in Cortana which is arguably not almost as widespread as Alexa, Siri and even Google Assistant.

A host of top computer manufacturers are adding Amazon Alexa capabilities to their core models.

Amazon's digital assistant Alexa is expected to become more ubiquitous than ever in 2018.




Amazon's latest partnership with PC OEMs is separate from its partnership with Microsoft that aims to have Alexa and Cortana speak to each other. "Cortana and Alexa can co-exist". Users will be able to control the projector after enabling the Acer Projector Smart Home skill by asking Alexa compatible Acer PC, "Alexa, turn on the projector", "Alexa, select HDMI as the projector source", or "Alexa, change projector display mode to bright". You can use your Android phone and Google Assistant if you want, but Cortana will be passing data from your phone to your PC, both notifications, images and more so you can be productive.

Acer announced in its own press release that it would be rolling out Alexa to certain Aspire, Spin, Switch and Swift notebooks, as well as releasing Aspire all-in-one PCs in the first quarter of 2018. Machines from these companies should include this feature. This app will be available in later months. Notebooks with Acer Purified.Voice and four digital microphones, like the Switch 7 Black Edition and Spin 5, will support Alexa from up to 9 feet away. To make the hands-free experience more seamless, Intel and Amazon engineers have worked together to optimize Intel Smart Sound Technology to deliver a 360-degree audio experience.

The advent of Alexa for Business combined with these integrations could help to set Alexa up as a key business tool.


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