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Amazon Alexa coming soon to Windows PCs

Amazon Alexa logo, Alexa coming to Windows 10 PCs Q1 2018
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Alexa for PCs is scheduled to debut exclusively in the US later this year on select Windows 10 PCs by Acer, HP, and Lenovo, sporting the same features as the version for Echo devices.

Not long ago, we heard that Cortana and Alexa could begin to work together. The latest piece of Alexa-related news, on the other hand, has nothing to do with its integration with Microsoft's virtual assistant. This time, it is all about Amazon's Alexa reaching a whole new realm by finally becoming available on Windows 10 PCs.

Last Friday, ZDNet editor Mary Jo Foley posted the following message on Twitter: "Sign up for more info about Alexa for select Win 10 PC models: … The app will be available in Q1, U.S. only for now." 

According to the Amazon page mentioned above, Alexa will hit the Windows platform by the end of this year's first quarter. Unfortunately, there seems to be a small inconsistency on that page when it comes to the brands that will support Alexa first. In the upper area of the page, the brands mentioned are Acer, Lenovo, ASUS, and HP. In the FAQ section, on the other hand, ASUS has been left aside, but it is also possible that its portables will get Alexa at a later time.

Alexa will work on Windows 10 PCs without the need of an additional microphone or speakers, and the calling and messaging features might need a while to reach this platform. The PC version of Alexa will also lack support for Spotify, Pandora, and TuneIn, but we think this will also be a temporary limitation.


Mary Jo Foley (on Twitter)

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-01-22 (Update: 2018-01-22)