Microsoft's Cortana can be Integrated with Alexa


The only thing close to a smart speaker Microsoft has done is the Harman Kardon Invoke with Cortana as its smart assistant, released late past year.

Smart speakers are one of the usual gadget present in our house, but these are the only gadgets that speak when you ask them a question or gives them a task to do like to add an item in your shopping list and many more daily tasks.

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Microsoft is reportedly working on a Cortana-based smart speaker in a bid to break up Amazon and Google's dominance within the space. While Mircosoft's Cortana was at the third rank before Apple's Siri. Some of them in past few years brought the AI ability to speakers. The report says the company is collaborating with Taiwanese manufacturer Quanta on the project, which is still in its early stages.

Similarly Alexa is available on products offered across Amazon's platforms such as the Echo, Echo Mini and Echo Dot, which are its proprietary Smart Speakers. If Microsoft is planning to manufacture the speaker in their own name, then it is very likely that it will fall under the Surface brand. The device could be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 quad-core processor.

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Even this is also not clear whether the company will launch two smart speakers together like Google and Amazon or it will launch a single speaker with all premium qualities like Apple's HomePod. The smart speaker aimed to take on the likes of Amazon Echo, which is powered by Alexa and Google Home that comes with Google Assistant.

A new report from Roland Quandt of WinFuture cites "evidence in documents from a developer team" that shows Microsoft has been taking the initiative and is now working on its own design for a Cortana smart speaker.

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