Amazon Alexa can now be set as the default assistant on Android

Posted May 08, 2018

The demo shown today was limited to things like hailing an Uber ride with Alexa on a Windows 10 PC or checking your schedule with Cortana on an Amazon Echo. In addition to LOVE SPORT's core listener base in the United Kingdom, the shows will also be available to Alexa and Google Assistant users in Australia, Canada, India and the U.S. Microsoft is looking to its Alexa-Cortana integration partnership - announced a year ago, but still only available in limited closed preview (with no final ETA date available) - as one way to try to get Cortana working on more devices, such as Amazon's Echo. In November, Amazon announced Alexa for Business, a focus that takes it more squarely into territory held by Cortana and Microsoft Office. Once you find that, you'll tap on "Assist app" and then choose "Amazon Alexa" instead of Google. Similarly, by asking Cortana to open Alexa, Amazon's assistant becomes available on more devices, like a PC. Microsoft will also allow this cross-platform feature for Alexa on Cortana.

"We want to make it possible for our customers to get the most out of their personal assistants, not be bound to a single one", Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said at Build.

Microsoft demonstrated the developing technology on stage tonight.

The feature would work by using the keywords "Open Cortana" on the Alexa, which opens a portal onto the Cortana service. It's always on-just ask for information, music, news, weather, and more.

Microsoft execs also talked up the coming Project Kinect for Azure developer kit. The company says that its platform "can input fully articulated hand tracking as well as high-fidelity spatial mapping" for all new precision solutions.

Microsoft officials also showed off two new business-focused apps built for the HoloLens that will be available in preview form on May 22.