Microsoft and Amazon have finally released a preview version from a year-long journey of allowing Cortana and Alexa to work with each other.
"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," said Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO, Amazon. "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."
Albeit a clunky process - the trigger commands are "Alexa, Open Cortana" and "Cortana, Open Alexa" - the collaboration investigates a bigger narrative in the industry that could have every assistant working flawlessly with each other. Currently, Windows 10 PCs and some devices can open Alexa, while Echo devices can now summon Cortana.
No longer will clients, or installers for that matter, need to choose between which software will control a home. Although Microsoft has been seriously lagging in the home control sector (about 230 skills in December 2017 compared to Alexa's 25,000 skills) the integration of the two platforms blurs that line.