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Amazon Bringing Alexa to Windows 10 PCs

09 January 2018, 02:11 | Jenny Fowler

Amazon Alexa is coming to Windows 10 PCs

Amazon Alexa is coming to select Windows 10 PCs this year

Coming off Alexa's Windows 10 announcement, pundits have seen this as a challenge to Microsoft's own homegrown virtual assistant Cortana on its home turf -the Windows PC. Acer, Asus, and Lenovo also say they'll ship PCs this year with Alexa on board.

As announced at CES 2018, Amazon says it's bringing its Alexa voice assistant to more devices. At CES 2018, Amazon's Alexa assistant is being added to Acer, Asus and HP systems with more likely to follow.

The Verge are reporting that you can wake Alexa in one of 2 ways. "It now will offer a custom LED to indicate Alexa is listening", the company explained in a press release. On the other hand, it also wants Cortana to be in your auto, and on your smart speaker, and to run on your Android phone and iPhone (but mostly the former). and Windows PC.

This could get awkward for Microsoft and Amazon. Microsoft could also stand to do more with the Cortana Skills platform, which now sports 250-300 skills, when Alexa has 250, 000 at its disposal.

Google Assistant, meanwhile, has expanded from Android devices to Google Home speakers and third-party devices, as well. You'll need an Alexa device like the Echo or an Acer PC; download the Acer Projector Smart Home skill and say things like "Alexa, turn on the projector", "Alexa, select HDMI as the projector source", or "Alexa, change projector display mode to bright".

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Notebooks such as the Switch 7 Black Edition and Spin 5 with Acer Purified Voice and four digital microphones support far-field voice recognition from up to nine feet away, while others with dual microphones will be able to activate Alexa within three feet.

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Both HP and Acer are uses Intel's Smart Sound Technology to allow their computers hear voice commands from afar, at different angles, much as dedicated smart speaker devices do. Several OEMs, including Bose, Jabra, iHome, Beyerdynamic, Bowers and Wilkins are already working on voice-controlled Alexa experiences on their products and device makers are invited to signup to be notified when the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit is made available later this year.

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