And if you're at your Windows 10 laptop and want to.I don't know.order some detergent without just navigating to Amazon.com like a normal person, you'll say "Hey Cortana, open Alexa", and order as you would on an Alexa-enabled device.
"Ensuring Cortana is available for our customers everywhere and across any device is a key priority for us", said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, in a statement. "They will also get access to 'Cortana's world knowledge and helpful productivity features such as calendar management, day at a glance and location-based reminders simply by asking Alexa to open Cortana'". Users will need to ask their Alexa device, "Alexa, open Cortana", and anyone using Cortana will need to say, "Cortana, open Alexa" to switch from one assistant to the other. Amazon Echo users may ask Alexa to bring in Cortana as a guest to tend to things like booking meetings or reading work emails. Initially, both of them were troubled because of the incompatibility which reduced the usage and now they came up with this idea of giving access so that the users can take advantages of both the digital assistants.
For example, Microsoft has built Cortana so that it will be able to access products from Microsoft Office. And you can access more than 20,000 Alexa skills through your desktop or laptop computer.
That means Cortana will be accessible from every Alexa device and Alexa will be available to every Windows 10 user through Cortana on their own devices.
Later this year, Alexa and Cortana will be able to talk to one another.
It's also a somewhat surprising move - it's not common to see companies as large as Microsoft and Amazon work together, particularly in an area as crowded and seemingly competitive as digital assistants.
Even so, it still seems unusual that these two will partner up. Will they join the party? In an interview with the New York Times today, both Amazon and Microsoft's respective CEOs noted that no such deal with Apple or Google is in the works, but they suggested that they would not be averse to it.