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Microsoft Cortana, Amazon Alexa Team Up To Battle Apple’s Siri

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| May 8 , 2018 , 18:45 IST

Tech giant Microsoft and e-commerce Colossus have come together as a team for integration of their respective Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered assistants in order to compete with Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant. Microsoft broke the news of this collaboration at the Build conference on Monday.

Megan Saunders, Microsoft Cortana General Manager and Tom Taylor, Amazon Alexa Senior Vice President, showcased how Alexa and Cortana would work together in the near future.

"For all of you developers out there building skills, Cortana and Alexa will enable access to more people across more devices. And we can't wait to see what you build," said Saunders.

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While Alexa accepted personal requests, Cortana helped with business needs.

The integration works with the command: "Alexa, open Cortana."

Cortana will help you send an email or browse through your official assignments while Alexa within the Cortana interface will help you with personal daily chores.

Although Microsoft has not revealed when it will be available for general users, it has called on developers to create more integrated solutions for both the assistants and has launched a website to sign up for more information.

Microsoft and Amazon had announced to integrate their virtual assistants last year.