I’m testing out the new integration of Microsoft Cortana and Amazon Alexa, released as a public preview for the first time this morning.
It was going pretty well, until Cortana on my voice-enabled Windows 10 PC started hearing and responding to the commands I was giving to Cortana on my Echo Spot. That’s where the problems started, as you can see in the video above, starting around 2 minutes in.
To be sure, this is probably not a typical scenario, but it does show that the companies still have some work to do. That is to be expected given the fact that this is being rolled out as a preview. Apart from that, the integration is going smoothly so far, allowing me to check my Outlook.com email and even my Google Calendar, as reflected in the initial section of the video above.
We’re working on a more detailed post about our experience with Cortana and Alexa across our Echo devices, Harman Kardon Invoke speaker and Windows PCs. In the meantime, you can check out the integration for yourself. If you’re using an Echo device, say, “Alexa, open Cortana,” and if you’re on a Windows 10 PC, say, “Hey, Cortana, open Alexa.”
Check out our earlier story for more details.