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Alexa learns the power of the force for Star Wars Day

Microsoft's Cortana and Amazon's Alexa are finally talking, fulfilling a groundbreaking promise made previous year to bring the rival digital assistants together.

Alexa and Cortana are learning to work together, announced Tom Taylor, Amazon's SVP of Alexa, and Megan Saunders, Microsoft's GM of Cortana today, appearing onstage together here in Seattle at the Microsoft Build conference.

Those who have access to Alexa via the Amazon Echo devices can ask several questions, including: "Alexa, can you talk like Yoda?", "Alexa, tell me a Star Wars Joke" or even "Alexa, use the force". Then, she sent dictated Cortana an email to send Taylor. Similarly, by asking Cortana to open Alexa, Amazon's assistant becomes available on more devices, like a PC. After all, Cortana is most dominant in PCs, while Alexa is most dominant in smart speakers. A user will simply need to summon Amazon's voice assistant and say "Alexa, open Cortana".

"We want to make it possible for our customers to get the most out of their personal assistants, not be bound to a single one".




The seed for this collaboration was planted at Microsoft's CEO Summit back in 2016, and executives acknowledged after the Alexa-Cortana announcement the possibility of future partnerships.

In fact, to celebrate May The Fourth Be With You's "Star Wars Day" (because that's what it is), Amazon has added a few things to Alexa to celebrate the Star Wars fan-person in all of us. "How can I help?"

Previously, you only had the choice of Google Assistant, Microsoft's Cortana, or "None". Alexa booked an Uber ride for him. "We both have experience with light rings, although hers is more of a Halo".

It's worth noting that the ability to purchase movie tickets was also added to Assistant today, including those for May 25th's Solo: A Star Wars Story, but the feature is only available in the USA through American service Fandango.

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