Microsoft’s Build conference is usually all about developers, and the company announces its newest features here. On day one of this year’s conference, which started today, the company demonstrated its AI assistant Cortana working in sync with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant.
The feature is currently available on limited beta only, since Microsoft and Amazon are both working on completing the integration.
The feature itself was first shown last year though but Microsoft is making it official just now. With it, you can tell Alexa to open Cortana or vice versa. Saying “Alexa, open Cortana” will then let you access Cortana’s abilities through Amazon’s voice assistants. You can also ask follow up questions, using Cortana to send emails and more. Essentially, it depends on what device you’re using.
If you’re on your PC, you can use Cortana to bring up Alexa and then use that AI’s skills. Similarly, Echo devices and others supporting Alexa will require things to be done the other way around. The feature is currently available on limited beta only, since Microsoft and Amazon are both working on completing the integration. Also, neither of the companies have revealed when the feature will finally be official.
However, Microsoft does have a website where you can sign up for more information on the feature.