Amazon will finally let you sync music from multiple Echo speakers

Hampshire County Council are the first local authority to try out the scheme using the £150 devices which work with WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. The elderly clients can ask the gadgets to assist them with their day-to-day lives includin

Microsoft and Amazon have done just that by joining their digital assistant forces. Users of Microsoft's Cortana assistant will have access to Amazon's popular network of third-party skills. Similarly, the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Show will be able to use the productivity features, such as calendars, of Cortana. For example, someone might use Cortana in the office, but Alexa at home.

You can now order your weekly shopping from Ocado using the Amazon Alexa voice assistant on supported devices.

Amazon and Microsoft announced their plan to integrate their devices, the Amazon Echo and Microsoft Cortana, later this year, an Amazon statement released Wednesday said.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon's founder and chief executive, said Alexa and Cortana's individual strengths would complement each other thanks to their differing data sets and specialised skills. "On your Alexa device, you can say, 'Alexa, open Cortana, ' and ask when your first meeting is", claimed Microsoft. But, Nadella and Bezos remain hopeful.

According to Amazon and Microsoft, the partnership between their voice assistants is created to highlight the strength of each respective piece of software, and provide customers with the benefits of both.

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Amazon's Alexa Speakers are now accounting for 70% of the market share while Cortana has a user base of 145 Million users with Windows 10 installation. It may well be the case that these latter two wish to keep their assistants separate from all the others as a way to protect a selling point of their mobile operating systems, iOS and Android, the New York Times suggests.

Commands like "Alexa, open Cortana", and "Cortana, open Alexa" will be possible on Echo and Windows devices.

It's quite unusual to find competing products form partnerships, but as reported by the New York Times, rival smart assistants Cortana and Alexa are teaming up to improve the overall consumer experience.

To enable that capability, Amazon today announced new tools that will let developers bring multi-room music control to their speakers.

The partnership is a surprising step as numerous major tech companies are battling for a piece of the personal assistant market.

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