Amazon is Bringing Alexa to Windows 10 PCs This Spring

Alyssa Bailey
January 9, 2018

Amazon Alexa is an intelligent personal assistant design by retail giant Amazon, and first used on the Echo speakers. You'll need an Alexa device like the Echo or an Acer PC; download the Acer Projector Smart Home skill and say things like "Alexa, turn on the projector", "Alexa, select HDMI as the projector source", or "Alexa, change projector display mode to bright".

The Alexa-integrated PCs will use an Alexa Windows 10 application that will be released later this year. Several of the most prominent Windows laptop manufacturers have already said they'll preinstall the app. For instance, Alexa can order a Domino's pizza for you, or even arrange an Uber pick-up.

"Hands-free access to Alexa on PCs can be helpful to customers in many ways, like making it simple to interact with your smart home, get news or weather, set timers, and more", explained Amazon Alexa VP Steve Rabuchin. Last weekend, Microsoft announced a better integration for Cortana with Dynamics CRM, with a focus "on building a new long-term intelligent solution experience, which will include Cortana digital assistant integration". Microsoft could also stand to do more with the Cortana Skills platform, which now sports 250-300 skills, when Alexa has 250, 000 at its disposal.

Speaking to The Sun, Canalys analyst Ben Stanton said: "This is not the end for Cortana".

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No date was given as to when we can expect the Alexa app for Windows 10, but it should come in spring nonetheless. In service to this, Microsoft could also improve support for Bing globally, to make it more than a running joke and more of a global product. "The true goal of Amazon is to promote its services, and bolster its base of Amazon Prime subscribers".

Acer says it will bring Alexa to its PCs through an update starting in the first quarter of this year, with a wider rollout expected in mid-2018.

According to the press release owners of compatible Acer notebooks and desktops will be able to get more done by asking Alexa to check their calendar, create lists and answer questions; will be entertained by asking Alexa to play their favorite music, podcasts or audiobooks; and will be able to manage smart home devices by controlling lights, thermostats and home appliances through voice commands to Alexa. With the lack of a mobile platform, one could argue that Windows 10 is the only platform where Cortana sees any use.

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