Standalone Alexa App For Windows 10 Launched
Alexa is a virtual assistant developed by Amazon. It is a virtual assistant that can carry out various tasks and also control home automation. The voice assistant is available on various devices and speakers. Users can communicate with Alexa in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Japanese. However, third-party vendors can develop new “skills” to enhance the capabilities of Alexa. Earlier this year, Amazon made Alexa available on select Windows 10 devices from HP, Lenovo and Acer.
Alexa On Windows 10
The company has now officially released a standalone Alexa app for Windows 10. Anyone with a Windows 10 PC can now get Alexa. The app is available on Windows 10 app store. For Alexa to work the machine would require microphone and speakers. It can be used in the same way as one would on an Amazon Echo.
After downloading Alexa from the Microsoft Store, the user needs to open the app and sign in to their Amazon account. With just a tap on the Alexa button, the user can active Alexa. The app takes up 103.66 MB on the hard disk. Once the app starts running on the PC, Alexa can perform basic functions. It can set reminders, timers, alarms, keep track of calendar appointments and more. Alexa can also control music and entertainment with voice commands. However, the app is only available in US, UK and Germany for now. Users can expect the app to be available in other countries soon.
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Microsoft have announced that they are working on the integration of Cortana and Alexa. Cortana is Microsoft’s virtual assistant, available in Windows 10 PCs. Users will be able to launch Cortana on their PCs from a Alexa supported speaker and vice versa. Consumers are testing the integration as part of a public view beta.