Amazon Alexa to launch on Windows 10 PCs this year

09 January, 2018, 01:08 | Author: Lynette Payne
  • Above HP Pavilion Wave with Alexa for Windows Image Credit HP

After much anticipation, Amazon Alexa has now eventually debuted on Windows 10 PCs and will sit alongside Microsoft's preloaded Cortana assistant. Lenovo, Asus, and Acer also reportedly plan to bring Alexa to a series of Windows 10 laptops and desktops.

The Intel Smart Sound Technology which is an integrated audio DSP (Digital Signal Processor), manages audio, voice and speech interactions through voice commands enabled by Amazon Alexa on compatible Acer notebooks while simultaneously providing high-quality audio without affecting system performance.

Some notebook editions such as Spin 5 and Switch 7 Black Edition powered with 4 digital microphones and Acer Purified Voice can activate Alexa up to 9ft from the user, and the ones with dual microphones within3 ft from the user. The irony is that this Alexa integration in Windows 10 PCs will compete directly with Microsoft's built-in Cortana which is arguably not almost as widespread as Alexa, Siri and even Google Assistant. HP Pavillion Wave is one of the few devices in the limelight ahead of Amazon's announcement of its partnerships at CES 2018. Acer is even introducing Alexa support for a 4K projector. It'll also bring additional support for Alexa-PC integration for making calls and sending messages. Like the Echo Show, Alexa's responses will be displayed on the screen.

With Amazon Alexa, users with compatible Acer notebooks and PCs can get more done by asking Alexa to check their calendar, create lists and answer questions; be entertained by asking Alexa to play their favourite music, podcasts or audiobooks.

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Amazon's voice assistant is coming to PCs during the first quarter, starting with machines from Acer.

Acer is keen on taking ICT technology to new heights by integrating hardware, software and the aligned services such as the Internet of Things, gaming, and virtual reality.

"The voice assistant's VP testified to the eminent practicality of the setup in a statement, saying, '[h] ands-free access to Alexa on PCs can be helpful to customers in many ways, like making it simple to interact with your smart home, get news or weather, set timers, and more". Instead Bluetooth devices will connect directly to the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) via the Amazon Alexa App (for Android and iOS) on the customer's mobile device.

As of mid-December, Amazon was said to have a roster of an estimated 25,000 Alexa skills, while Cortana was said to be on 230.

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