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

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

For example, Alexa customers would be able to access Cortana's productivity features, like booking meetings, accessing work calendars, or reading work emails.

Microsoft Cortana is compatible with devices running Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone 8.1, Invoke smart speaker, Microsoft Band, Xbox One, iOS, Android, and Windows Mixed Reality.

Microsoft's Megan Saunders shows off the first Alexa-Cortana integrations. This way you can have Cortana execute tasks like sending emails. 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.

At the Microsoft Build 2018, the company announced that it is expanding the list of "mixed reality" tools through a program called Microsoft Layout that lets people design as well as visualize real spaces in Microsoft HoloLens and also a virtual reality headset.

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The integration looks like a great first step, though we'd love to see more ways to have the user invoke either assistant, and perhaps even have them proactively "interject" based on the query. New devices are being added to the Reddit thread as more are discovered.

During Build on May 7, Microsoft showed as part of the smart meetings demo some participants wearing these kinds of devices in order to view data spatially.

Then Alexa Senior VP Tom Taylor demonstrated using Cortana at work to check on his restaurant reservation before asking Cortana to raise Alexa to order an Uber. The company says that its platform "can input fully articulated hand tracking as well as high-fidelity spatial mapping" for all new precision solutions. While it's been in development the whole time and remains so, Microsoft gave us a sneak peak on how the effort is coming. It also got a shot in the arm when it got a "follow-up mode", allowing a user to issue multiple commands.


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