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Amazon Alexa can now be downloaded from the Microsoft Store for all Windows 10 devices

Amazon Alexa is now available for download from the Microsoft Store. (Source: Microsoft)
Amazon Alexa is now available for download from the Microsoft Store. (Source: Microsoft)
Amazon's voice assistant Alexa is now available for all Windows 10 devices via the Microsoft Store. The Alexa app offers almost all features of the assistant but does miss out on some features such as Spotify integration. Alexa is also slated to get PC-specific capabilities in early 2019.

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Amazon Alexa is fast turning out to be a worthy contender to the likes of Siri, Google Assistant, and Microsoft's own Cortana. So far, Alexa on PCs was restricted to a few PC OEMs such as Acer who pre-installed it on their laptops. Now, anyone who wants to try out Alexa can simply head over to the Microsoft Store and download it on all Windows 10 devices. 

To run Amazon Alexa, your PC must be running at least the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (1803) or higher. You can log in to using your Amazon account and use it like any other Alexa-enabled device such as the Echo. Alexa on PC also supports waking up on compatible devices. 

Spotify support is not yet available but Amazon Music is fully supported and you can control music playback in a dedicated page. Alexa will also be getting PC-specific skills sometime in early 2019. Microsoft and Amazon announced cross-functional capabilities between Alexa and Cortana over a year ago followed by a live demo during Build 2018 (video below) and the broad availability of Alexa via the Microsoft Store will enable developers to add skills for both assistants to cater to multiple tasks.

Right now, the app is available in the US, UK, and Germany with other regions slated to get access in 2019. If you are based in these countries, download Alexa from the Microsoft Store source link below, give it a spin, and let us know your thoughts.

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-11- 8 (Update: 2018-11- 8)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.