AI assistants Cortana and Alexa collaborating for first time

Sometimes, however, a tug-o-war isn't the best solution. Over the last decade, Skype has become a household name in communication tech, offering free calls and messaging across worldwide channels.

On Wednesday, Amazon.com AMZN and Microsoft MSFT announced that their respective digital voice assistants, Alexa and Cortana, will be collaborating in a brand-new partnership.

Nevertheless, tech analysts are expecting Google and Apple to join the partnership.

While teams at Amazon and Microsoft are set to completely blend the experiences later this year, the market is likely to receive its ripple effect very soon.

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Cortana will be bringing its voice assistant skills to Alexa's deep integration with Amazon.

The companies have been at work on this collaboration for more than a year, after Bezos initiated the idea, according to The New York Times. Currently, Echo users can make free calls and send text messages to friends or family that have the Alexa app on their phone, and an Echo device.

Google is also now making it possible to use "Assistant" to check on the state of your laundry or dishes, using an integration with LG's line of home appliances. However, they all have their specialties. While Google's Assistant isn't talking to any of its rivals, at least not yet, the open SDK for integrating Google Assistant has led to a trio of new speaker products to rival Google Home. Cortana on Microsoft devices.

MyHermes has continued their mission to interact with the latest wave of smart devices on the market by becoming the first parcel company in the United Kingdom to fully integrate its tracking solution with Google Assistant. Customers can say "Alexa, open Cortana" and ask about their schedule for the day. Moreover, it will also give Cortana users the liberty to order things from Amazon. Cortana, on the other hand, will leverage the over 20,000 skills of Alexa to grow its presence in the personal computing space.

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Both companies say that later this fall, users will be able to access Alexa using Cortana on Windows 10 computers and on Android and Apple devices.

How Apple and Google plan to take this news remain uncertain.

Amazon and Microsoft don't have the only virtual assistants gathering attention at IFA, however.

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