Amazon and Microsoft have now rolled out the first iteration of the promised partnership between Cortana and Alexa. You can now enable Windows 10 PC’s and Echo devices to use the other company’s voice assistant.
To connect Alexa to Cortana on Amazon’s Echo devices, you simply need to enable the Cortana skill and link your Amazon account with your Microsoft account.
Get the Cortana skill: Cortana by Microsoft
Additionally, after the skill is enabled and you attempt your first Cortana command, you’ll be prompted to go into the Alexa mobile app and provide Cortana with your location, including full address. You can find this in Settings, locate the Alexa through Cortana device in the list, and add the full Device Location inside the device settings. This might take a few minutes to sync before being fully available.
To use Cortana on an Alexa device, just say “Alexa open Cortana” and then issue your command such as: “What’s on my calendar for tomorrow?”
Here’s an example of some specific things Cortana can do for you:
- Manage your calendar and keep you up to date
- Send email with your voice or check for any new emails
- Create and manage your lists
- Have a chat
- Find facts and answer your questions
Looking to enable Alexa on a Windows 10 PC? Read this: Tip: Enabling the Alexa/Cortana Partnership on Windows 10
Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Echo 2, Dot, Tap, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, Echo Look, Echo Connect, Dash Wand, Amazon Cloud Cam, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs, in the Music app, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai.
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