Alexa Comes to PCs and Accessory Devices

Amazon Alexa is coming to Windows 10 PCs

Amazon's Alexa is coming to Windows 10 PCs later this year, with HP, ASUS and Acer announcing compatibility on select models at CES 2018.

The Alexa-integrated PCs will use an Alexa Windows 10 application that will be released later this year.

As announced at CES 2018, Amazon says it's bringing its Alexa voice assistant to more devices.

HP, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer will integrate Alexa into a bunch of Windows 10 desktops and laptops that they will launch in 2018.

He says that each assistant "brings aspects the other lacks", highlighting Alexa's skill at shopping and music, and Cortana's natural Windows integration. With the new integration by PC makers, Amazon could be in a position to leverage Alexa's high profile in the home to overshadow Cortana on Windows PCs.

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For example, the HP Pavilion Wave comes with a special LED that lights up to show that Alexa is listening.

Microsoft would be better served to see Cortana as a connective tissue, as a framework for people who want to get serious work done, and for business users. On the other hand, it also wants Cortana to be in your vehicle, and on your smart speaker, and to run on your Android phone and iPhone (but mostly the former). and Windows PC.

Google Assistant, meanwhile, has expanded from Android devices to Google Home speakers and third-party devices, as well. Since all of these devices have a screen or can be connected to a monitor, Alexa will be able to display information in addition to providing audio feedback. 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. Acer's Spin 5 and Switch 7 Black Edition notebooks will include four microphones to support far-field voice recognition for Alexa up to nine feet away. To make the hands-free experience more seamless, Intel and Amazon engineers have worked together to optimize Intel Smart Sound Technology to deliver a 360-degree audio experience. Things like checking the weather, seeing sports scores, and using the various Skills already available for the assistant will be supported in the app, so you really shouldn't miss out on a whole lot by using it when to other Alexa-enabled products.

Acer says it's also adding Alexa to its new V6820M and V6820i 4K UHD projectors. Details on ASUS's Alexa integration weren't immediately available.

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