tech2 News Staff Jan 08, 2018 22:41 PM IST
Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa is soon coming to a Windows 10-powered laptop or desktop near you. The company confirmed that the partnership would be unveiled at CES 2018.
According to The Verge, the integration will be made available on desktops and laptops supporting Windows 10. As of now, it will available on desktops and laptops by HP, Lenovo, Asus and Acer.
However, this move is unlike the former talks of a partnership between Alexa and Cortana, Microsoft's native digital assistant. In that case, both the platforms were supposed to work with the help of a cross-link to share data and information between Cortana and Alexa. According to a previous report, both the digital assistants were supposed to interact with the help of their respective devices where an Echo would be able to command Cortana on a laptop.
Here, Alexa would be available a separate app. In order to access the digital assistant, the user can activate it with the help of a shortcut on the keyboard or through a voice instruction which is common to Alexa.
The integration between the operating software and the digital assistant is expected to materialise by spring.
According to the report, HP is planning to bring Alexa to its Pavillion Wave PC while Acer will bring Alexa to select Aspire, Spin, Switch, Swift, and Aspire all-in-one notebooks from the first quarter of 2018. However, the rollout of Alexa would be limited to the United States at first and followed by a wider rollout by mid-2018.