Amazon Alexa Will Come To Windows 10 PCs This Year

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After smart speakers, smart displays, and a bunch of other gadgets, Amazon is bringing its Alexa smart assistant to Windows 10 PCs. However, not all Alexa features will be available at launch, so users will have to wait even longer to be able to access security camera feeds, use Amazon's calling and messaging services, and use streaming services like Spotify.

So also Amazon's Alexa assistant is supported on a bevy of Amazon Echo branded smart speakers, and speakers from Sonos, LG and ironically Harmon Kardon (not to mention support for cars, smart home devices and so on and so forth).

The announcement comes hot, or rather lukewarm, on the heels of last summer's alliance between Amazon and Microsoft, whereby the two internet giants pledged to integrate their voice assistants (Alexa and Cortana respectively) by the end of 2017. HP, Acer, Asus and Lenovo are also planning to integrate Alexa for their upcoming laptops line-up this year.

In its announcement ahead of CES in Las Vegas that kicks off tomorrow, Acer reveals that Alexa will be coming to some of the latest Aspire, Spin, Switch and Swift notebooks, as well as Aspire all-in-one PCs starting from Q1 2018.

However, Stanton warns Amazon could use Alexa to sell more products through Windows.




HP plans to roll out Alexa for its HP Pavilion Wave desktop computer tower, which doubles as an audio speaker. You can use your Android phone and Google Assistant if you want, but Cortana will be passing data from your phone to your PC, both notifications, images and more so you can be productive.

This could get awkward for Microsoft and Amazon. "Cortana and Alexa can co-exist".

"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", Amazon Alexa vice president Steve Rabuchin said in a statement. Like the Echo Show, Alexa's responses will be displayed on the screen. Other Acer machines with dual microphones will allow users to activate Alexa from within three feet, the company says. Some of the new devices will use Intel's Smart Sound Technology, an integrated audio DSP, for improved audio, voice, and speech interactions with Alexa.

It will work courtesy of an Alexa app designed specifically for Windows computers, available this spring. Details on ASUS's Alexa integration weren't immediately available.

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