Microsoft and Amazon agree to enable Cortana, Alexa communication

Cortana and Alexa will soon be integrated with each other; two popular digital assistants to work together

By comparison, users of Amazon's and Microsoft's digital assistants are a drop in the bucket.

Amazon's Alexa can now beam music to a specific set of smart speakers in the home, opeing up the capability to blast country music upstairs while sparing the rock fan hanging out below. "Cortana users will be able to use Alexa to shop on Amazon.com and manage their orders..."

"Ensuring Cortana is available for our customers everywhere and across any device is a key priority for us", explained Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella today.

You will soon be able to use Alexa on an Amazon Echo or another supported device to access Cortana features. Bezos told The Times he had not reached out to Apple or Google about adding their respective digital assistants to the mix, but that he'd be open to their participation.

The partnership will allow Amazon "instant foothold in about 150 million Cortana-enabled Windows 10 computers, and the Redmond giant will get Cortana on Alexa-enabled devices".

The thinking behind the move is that, in the future, people will turn to different intelligent assistants for different tasks, in the same way that people might turn to different friends for different types of advice.

However, it could be beneficial for both users and Google and Apple to at least work more closely with Alexa and Cortana, if they can't work with one another.

The fruits of the partnership are expected to ripen later this year, according to The New York Times.

Microsoft is lagging far behind Amazon in opening up Cortana to third-party developers via its own Skills Kit.

"I want them to have access to as many of those A.I.s as possible." said Jeff Bezos.

When this partnership goes live, Alexa-powered devices will be able to connect to Cortana by saying, "Alexa, open Cortana".

A collaboration of this sort is rare, especially for big-name companies like Microsoft and Amazon. Meanwhile, Google's Assistant is now in smartphones and in its Home smart speaker.

Now some of you might be wondering what took Amazon so long to add this kind of functionality when companies like Sonos have been doing multi-room music playback for years.

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