Microsoft and Amazon Miss Integration Deadline for Cortana and Alexa

Posted on January 2, 2018 by Brad Sams in Hardware, Microsoft Consumer Services with 25 Comments

Microsoft and Amazon are Partnering on Cortana and Alexa Integration (Updated x 2)

Last year, in August, Microsoft and Amazon announced a partnership that would allow the two digital assistants to talk to each other. At the time of the announcement, the companies said that the integration would be coming later that year.

As 2017 has now come to a close and we are a few days into 2018, the functionality has not arrived. While there are not any major repercussions from missing this deadline, it’s always a bit embarrassing when a company fails to meet its public deadlines which they initially broadcasted.

I pinged both Amazon and Microsoft about the setback and the responses don’t offer any insight into the delay other than the feature will be rolled out in the near future. A Microsoft spokesperson tells me “We’ll have more to share soon.” and Amazon provided a similar response, “We’re working on it and expect to begin rolling it out soon”.

The integration of these two digital assistants offers a lot of potentials as Windows 10 is widely used in the desktop space and Amazon has found its way into the kitchen where Cortana has yet to do so. By linking these two services, it makes it easier to have ‘one’ digital assistant in your house instead of having to use two distinct services.

For those that have been looking forward to this announcement, the dealy is not good news and is likely disappointing. But, based on the responses from both companies, hopefully, we will hear something soon, possibly at CES next week.

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