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Cortana, Microsoft's personal digital assistant, is at the center of these kinds of scenarios. Since the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, talks about the partnership between Amazon and Microsoft has simmered to an occasionally interested enthusiasm because little work has been done to bring the results to consumers or businesses.

Then Alexa Senior VP Tom Taylor demonstrated using Cortana at work to check on his restaurant reservation before asking Cortana to raise Alexa to order an Uber.

This is a major first step toward voice-controlled systems interacting with one another, with one filling in where the other comes short. At that point, the voice changed to Cortana's (a subtle shift, since they're both even-tone female voices) to go over calendar appointments from Outlook. Both Cortana and Alexa will only show up if you have those two apps installed, naturally. It signed off with the signature Cortana chime. Then he asked Alexa to turn off a lamp on his demo table with the command, "Turn off the lights".

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The partnership will make the assistants available on each other's devices.

Thanks to an update that arrived within the past few days, Android is now recognizing Alexa as a possible Assistant substitute in the way it has Microsoft's Cortana.

Likewise, users are able to invoke Alexa on Windows PC through Cortana just by saying "Hey Cortana, open Alexa". Cortana has fallen behind Alexa and Google Home in terms of number of skills available and devices that are integrating the service. It is a well-planned integration where the users can have the best of both worlds. Obviously, Apple and Google didn't show up with Siri or Assistant, but it's something that we can at least hope to see in the future. And if that's the case, you might want quicker access to Amazon Alexa from your phone to control your smart home or interact within the Alexa ecosystem.

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