No, Microsoft hasn’t announced the death of Cortana, as of now. But looks like Alexa is soon going to be offered on Windows PCs by OEMs like HP, Asus, and Acer are going to offer Alexa as an alternative to Cortana on their upcoming PCs. Amazon recently announced “Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit” which will help OEM to integrate Alexa in their devices irrespective of its type, and looks like PC is also one of them.
Geekwire is reporting that PC makers like HP, ASUS, Acer, and others plan to bring Alexa to their computers this year. Samsungs Notebook 7 has a recording feature with integrated microphone arrays which can listen from really far, so it’s not surprising. Alexa Vice President Steve Rabuchin that this is a big step toward making Alexa available wherever customers might need her.
This was announced during Acers announcement of its Aspire, Spin, Switch and Swift notebooks, and Aspire all-in-one PCs. Acer’s Switch 7 Black Edition offers four microphones, enabling far-field voice recognition for Alexa. In similar ways, HP also plans to roll out their Pavilion Wave desktop computer tower, with LED button.
If you have the same feeling as Windows Phone users, I think consumers be better prepared that Cortana one day might completely vanish and shrink to mere APIS which will work over Alexa, and still offer the same functionality as Cortana now. Even though Microsoft has recently announced an expensive thermostat with Cortana integration, but I am really not very hopeful of their consumer vision.
Microsoft has already announced that Cortana will be available as a Skill on Alexa Devices, but that has been delayed as usual.
I am expecting that we will soon see OEMs rolling out Laptops, and PCs with Alexa somewhere around IFA and Last quarter of the year.