Amazon Alexa to launch on Windows 10 PCs this year

Amazon Alexa is coming to Windows 10 PCs

The new Alexa app for Windows 10 is notably separate from the deal Microsoft and Amazon struck previous year that allowed for integration between Alexa and the former's Cortana voice assistant.

Companies such as Acer, ASUS, HP, and Lenovo are all on course to deliver Windows 10 machines with Alexa pre-installed later this year (though it won't be equipped with all of the native features at launch), with some these expected to be shown off at CES 2018 this week. With the new integration by PC makers, Amazon could be in a position to leverage Alexa's high profile in the home to overshadow Cortana on Windows PCs. Acer just revealed a wide range of products that will ship with Alexa integration, including a variety of notebooks, all-in-one desktops, and a new 4K projector. Things like checking the weather, seeing sports scores, and using the various Skills already available for the assistant will be supported in the app, so you really shouldn't miss out on a whole lot by using it when to other Alexa-enabled products.

Acer's new wireless projectors also support Amazon Alexa. That computer, like Acer's Amazon-supported PCs, also contains custom Intel audio processors that are meant to help Alexa better hear and respond to people's voices.

The Seattle-based company started with TV streaming boxes and standalone Echo speakers - but now, Alexa is getting into more gadgets, computers, and devices, even those made by companies not named Amazon.

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Amazon's Steve Rabuchin said: "Hands-free access to Alexa on PCs can be helpful to customers in many ways".

Similar to Acer, HP also recently unveiled the Pavilion Wave that is specifically created to offer voice interactions powered by Amazon Alexa.

Google Assistant, meanwhile, has expanded from Android devices to Google Home speakers and third-party devices, as well. Amazon Alexa has spread from the company's Echo speakers into a growing number of third-party devices, in settings ranging from the auto to the bathroom. The extension of the Alexa Voice Service is already being utilized by brands like Bose, Jabra, and iHome, according to an Alexa developer blog post. While Microsoft and Amazon had announced a partnership, nothing came of that in 2017 and this is simply Amazon surging ahead regardless of Microsoft, presumably dragging the chain.

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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