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12:57 pm on Aug 30, 2017 (gmt 0)

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In what seems an unusual partnership, Microsoft has said it's collaborating with Amazon to allow people to access Alexa via Cortana on Windows 10 PCs, and to access Cortana on Alexa-enabled devices like the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Show.
Android and iOS will come in the future, although a time scale wasn't provided.

[blogs.microsoft.com...]

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Where will the collaboration head?
Could we see Bing powering search?
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Teaming up in a symbiant effort against Google?

Wonder if the current Alexa hardware will eventually morph into an app that will access the cloud for the functionality.
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It seems both companies are more than worried about Google Home. I do however think Microsoft need Amazon a lot more than vice-vercer. The Alexa offering is IMO way superior to what Microsoft has offered through Cortana.

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Yes but Amazon needed an OS. MS has a lot of desktops around the world, especially with update control of Windows 10.

Google has all the Android and Chrome OS. I use Home I'm my music studio. Paired with Chrome Stick, Bluetooth and outlet adapters, it operates about half of all the gadgets and I have a lot of them.

Amazon & MS together can pretty much equal that... add shopping and we have a winner. And don't forget Amazon is now in the grocery business.
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I wonder if this will have any effect on Amazons products that are currently running Android. Fire Tablets and TV sticks etc. This could simply be the start.

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Companies like Amazon, MS, Google, Apple etc seem to tolerate conflicts while participating in joint ventures.

Apple keeps suing Samsung for copyright infringement while using some Samsung components in the iPhones. That always puzzled me but I guess that's standard business practice.
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Given the rep these companies have among some of us, these combination/collaborations might appear to be budding Evil Empires. For the rest of us it is merely capitalists with a tech bent seeking to corner markets and strangle cash from the Hoi polloi. The eventual goal is world domination (of course) and tying every human to the "cloud". The Cloud is nothing more than a euphemism for "big iron and dumb terminals tied to subscribed access to non-owned services that just happen to have YOUR data on their systems and you must pay and pay and pay to access it." This has been the goal since IBM made the mistake of creating an affordable PC way back when that then decimated centralized computing and company billing for time on systems.
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Ha, it must be real. Just spoke with Alexa:

Me: "Do you know Siri?"
Alexa: "Only by reputation." (Same reply for Google Assistant, hasn't changed in ages. Used to be the Cortana answer, too.)

But today:
Me: "Do you know Cortana?"
Alexa: "We've been hanging out more lately." :)
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I bet that was a developer with a bit of free time on his/her hands :-)

Mack.