Over the weekend, Microsoft's online store included Echo Dot and Echo second-gen, but the page was deleted.
Since Twitter WalkingCat users have seen a list of Amazon Echo devices on the Microsoft website on Friday, the company seems to have attracted products from online stores.
However, it seems Cortana took a back seat in her own company.
Amazon Echo (2nd Generation) https://t.co/C8Jn11exDv
– WalkingCat (@ h0x0d) November 16, 2018
Both the latest Echo Dot and Echo second genes are temporarily available through Microsoft.com over the weekend, further deepening corporate relations with Amazon. In August 2017, companies partnered to integrate Alexa and Cortana; in May this year, Microsoft revealed what that meant.
Basically, digital assistants can run each other: with devices that support Alexa, you can call Cortana by saying, "Alexa, open Cortana," and also on Cortana powered devices. Although nothing is publicly available after this demonstration at the Microsoft Build 2018 conference, you can register to receive updates on integration when available.
At the end of the day, Cortana lags behind competitors such as Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant, making the future of digital assistants unclear. The technology was recently revised in the company for the Experiences and Devices team from the AI research division. This change indicates that Cortana will still be used but perhaps more for different task genres such as chatbots and company-oriented functions.
With the executive in charge of Cortana leaving the company at the end of the year, Cortana's fate continues to be blurred. The beginning of the new year will surely reveal the fate of digital assistants. JB
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