Amazon Alexa Will Come To Windows 10 PCs This Year

Amazon Alexa Will Come To Windows 10 PCs This Year

Amazon's Alexa will soon be available on the latest Windows 10 PCs alongside Microsof't Cortana.

After a planned Amazon - Microsoft initiative to integrate their respective Alexa and Cortana digital assistants put Alexa onto PCs by the end of 2017 failed to happen, Amazon is going ahead down an alternative route to make Alexa available on PCs by partnering with manufacturers including Acer, Asus, Lenovo and HP.

The tech giants, which are rivals on many fronts, made the joint announcement at this weeks's CES 2018 tradeshow in Las Vegas. That computer, like Acer's Amazon-supported PCs, also contains custom Intel audio processors that are meant to help Alexa better hear and respond to people's voices.

HP plans to roll out Alexa for its HP Pavilion Wave desktop computer tower, which doubles as an audio speaker. It is also being kitted out with a custom LED that lets you know when Alexa is listening. The company has developed its own Alexa app which allows users to ask its assistant questions from the Windows desktop. On the other hand, it also wants Cortana to be in your vehicle, and on your smart speaker, and to run on your Android phone and iPhone (but mostly the former). and Windows PC. Users can also manage smart home devices by controlling lights, thermostats and home appliances through voice commands to Alexa. So if peoiple don't like talking to their computers, how are they so comfortable talking to their devices like the Echo and Google Home? Amazon says there are more than 50 third-party devices with Alexa built-in before any announcements at CES this week. 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.




In addition to coming to its first personal computer, on Friday Amazon released the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit to bring the AI assistant to more wearables, headphones, and smartwatches. Machines from these companies should include this feature. 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.

Alexa already works with the Acer Air Monitor, and it will also be available on Acer's new V6820M and V6820i 4K UHD projectors. 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.

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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