1. techiez's Avatar
    Amazon's new Echo devices are the foundation of an ecosystem that already rivals Apple and Google in the smart home space

    Amazon is surging ahead, Apple and Google are catching up meanwhile MS is waiting somewhere else hoping to be ahead of curve whereas its clear nobody's taking that road.
    09-28-2017 09:21 PM
  2. dgr_874's Avatar
    Ya, falling behind fast. You almost never hear about support for W10. Not a peep about the Harmon-kardon Cortana speaker or the Home hub software MS showed off earlier this year.
    09-28-2017 09:48 PM
  3. mtf1380's Avatar
    I think you will be able to use Cortana to utilize Alexa, and vice-versa. I think this will be a BIG step forward for Home automation.
    09-29-2017 06:32 AM
  4. techiez's Avatar
    I think you will be able to use Cortana to utilize Alexa, and vice-versa. I think this will be a BIG step forward for Home automation.
    Heard about that but considering the miniscule "real" cortana usage Amazon may just abandon it, there's nothing in it for them. Cortana has been anyways left far behind, its just a search app for me, and MS is still not able to expand it to many countries.
    09-29-2017 08:15 PM
  5. fatclue_98's Avatar
    So this is the 21st century version of The Clapper.
    mark233 likes this.
    09-29-2017 09:40 PM
  6. mtf1380's Avatar
    Heard about that but considering the miniscule "real" cortana usage Amazon may just abandon it, there's nothing in it for them. Cortana has been anyways left far behind, its just a search app for me, and MS is still not able to expand it to many countries.
    Yes, it would be insignificant for Amazon, but huge for MS. The fact that there is collaboration is a good sign for the Home Automation business, IMO.
    09-30-2017 07:17 AM
  7. Jason Angle's Avatar
    From their webpage:

    Make and receive calls
    with Skype
    Captivating Harman Kardon sound
    Voice control your music
    Get things done with Cortana
    Coming fall 2017

    * Home automation works with select providers. Works with select music subscription services. Set up requires Cortana app for Windows 10 PC or phone, Android or iPhone (requires Android version 4.1.2 or higher, or iPhone 4 with iOS 8.0 or higher). Microsoft, Cortana and Skype are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.

    Harman Kardon Invoke – Voice Activated Speaker with Cortana
    09-30-2017 08:13 AM

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