It only took a year, but Cortana is finally coming to Alexa speakers, and vice versa.
Last year in a splashy announcement in the New York Times, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed that their digital assistants, Cortana and Alexa, would be able to work on both Amazon and Microsoft platforms by the end of the year
By January of 2018 the collaboration had nothing to show for itself. There was also no word of it at Microsoft’s developer’s conference in May.
But today, finally, nearly a year after it was first announced, Amazon and Microsoft are claiming that their rollout of the digital assistant collaboration has begun.
A preview programme has begun, and according to a representative from Microsoft interested users will be able, starting today, to sign up for the programme and link the two services together. Which means controlling your smart home from your laptop, and finding out about your work calendar from Alexa. After you first say the clunky phrase “Alexa, open Cortana” or “Cortana, open Alexa.”