Ensuring Cortana is available for our customers everywhere and across any device is a key priority for us. The concept of bringing the platform's knowledge as well as Office 365 integration and reminders to Alexa proved to be a good step in the achievement of that objective.
If Alexa and Cortana don't want to be remembered fondly by nerds in a few years, these digital assistants need to get aggressive, and working together to chip away at Google and Apple is a smart move.
"I'd welcome it", Bezos said while Nadella noted that "Hopefully, they'll be inspired by it". The thought was, it's better to offer access to as many digital assistants as possible so that customers can take advantage of the relative strengths of each offering.
The anticipated update will enable users to play music across all Echo speakers at once, inclusive of Echo Dot and Echo Show. Alexa's skillset is also growing rapidly: Amazon had only officially passed 10,000 skills in February, meaning it's offerings grew by more than 50% in just four months.
Amazonannounced on Tuesday that its Echo devices can now act as multiroom speakers using Alexa.
Why do this? One big clue is this line in Microsoft's blog post: "Cortana users will be able to have Alexa shop on Amazon.com and manage their Amazon orders".
The unusual alliance started in May 2016 when Jeff Bezos raised the idea to Satya Nadella at Microsoft's CEO summit, which piqued the latter's interest. It was recently found out that Amazon's#Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana will be integrated.
Note: Alexa already uses the Bing search engine for its search results so these two companies and services are not total strangers. Meanwhile, Google's Assistant is now in smartphones and in its Home smart speaker.
Both companies will hope this goes some way to combat the rise in popularity of Apple's Siri, Google Assistant or Samsung's Bixby. Will they join the party?
The integration opens up new functionality for both digital assistants, giving customers the ability to access the unique capabilities of each platform.
The family seems to have been inspired by actor Kevin Hart , who called on celebrities to contribute to his relief fund . She told the Houston Chronicle in a statement on Monday that she was lending a hand, but didn't specify a dollar amount.
The second major Liverpool transfer narrative indicates that Anfield put in a record bid for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar . Arsenal had bids rejected earlier this summer, while Liverpool's bid this week has also been rejected.
Hope and Brathwaite accumulated steadily, milking Woakes and Moeen and cashing in when England erred in either line or length. After bowling out England for 258, Windies posted 427 to secure a valuable first innings lead of 169 runs.
The current tax code is too complicated, too costly and too time consuming for most families to understand and file their taxes. In terms of policy, though, there are signs that the Trump White House is continuing to defer to Republicans in Congress.
The two leaders met as part of Guterres' tour of the region, which will include meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Guterres told Netanyahu: "I will do everything in my capacity to make sure that UNIFIL fully meets its mandate".
One big key to getting the long-term deal done with Stafford is it frees up the franchise tag to possible use to retain Ansah. When Stafford was drafted in 2009 he and the Lions agreed to a 6 year $72 million dollar deal with $47.1 million guaranteed.
Despite what some headlines might suggest , Mattis isn't exactly putting a freeze on Trump's transgender policy. Mattis has previously expressed that his main concern is military readiness and not political issues.
Meanwhile, around 450 personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been mobilised for deployment in Mumbai . Dozens of flights and local train services were also cancelled as rains lashed the coastal city.
Still, there are a couple of factors I can't stop thinking about from the Cavs' perspective: Thomas' hip and his contract. That's understandable, since they didn't do anything to hide Thomas' injury and already are paying a hefty price.
We are only few days away from the new iPhone 8, as it is expected to be released next month - after Apple all but confirmed it. We previously saw a video of the first generation iPhone being torture tested and now we have a teardown video for the handset.
The Kim family has ruled North Korea since the country's founding in 1948, but very little is known about its members . Though Kim Jong Un was the youngest, he soon appeared to be being groomed for succession.