Amazon Bringing Alexa to Windows 10 PCs

09 January, 2018, 02:11 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • Amazon Alexa is coming to Windows 10 PCs

Amazon's Alexa is coming to Windows 10 PCs later this year, with HP, ASUS and Acer announcing compatibility on select models at CES 2018.

Perhaps, most interestingly, the newly integrated PCs will show findings on screen, as well as audibly delivering information, with other Alexa integrations only able to perform the latter.

As announced at CES 2018, Amazon says it's bringing its Alexa voice assistant to more devices.

Amazon Alexa is coming to Windows 10 PCs

Windows 10 and its 600 million active users have, until now, largely been the domain of Microsoft Cortana, which comes built into the operating system.

At CES 2018, expect more digital assistant-related announcements from the companies like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.

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

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Google Assistant, meanwhile, has expanded from Android devices to Google Home speakers and third-party devices, as well. A command given to Cortana could be interpreted by Alexa or vice versa.

Microsoft would be better served to see Cortana as a connective tissue, as a framework for people who want to get serious work done, and for business users. Siri and Google Assistant have found a home on phones and Microsoft's poor performance in the smart home department combined with Amazon's mindshare in that market means that Amazon's Alexa has already won that war before it has even started.The time for Microsoft to dominate with Cortana in the home market has passed, now the firm needs to look inside and focus on its strengths before it loses what few advantages it already has. "Voice is a natural interface for interacting with technology and can make everyday tasks simpler", said Steve Rabuchin, Vice President of Amazon Alexa in ASUS' press release.

Notebooks such as the Switch 7 Black Edition and Spin 5 with Acer Purified Voice and four digital microphones support far-field voice recognition from up to nine feet away, while others with dual microphones will be able to activate Alexa within three feet. This computer looks like a speaker and is being updated to incorporate Intel Smart Sound Technology which allows for 360-degree reflective audio capable of capturing the sound of a voice from any angle.

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Acer says it's also adding Alexa to its new V6820M and V6820i 4K UHD projectors. This app will be available in later months. Details on ASUS's Alexa integration weren't immediately available.

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