An unlikely partnership will be coming to fruition by the end of this year when Microsoft and Amazon come together to make each other's voice assistants communicate with its counterpart.
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According to a report, the smart home appliance that started the fad of home assistants is set to get an upgrade later this year. The design is said to be sleeker to compete with the likes of Homepod.
Images of Microsoft's vision for smart home features baked into Windows 10 PCs have been leaked before their likely announcement at Build this week, showing off a slew of new family-oriented features.
You can now watch the video from Microsoft's keynote this week, at which it revealed plans to bring the full Windows 10 OS to ARM devices with x86 app support, along with other major announcements.
At its WinHEC event in Shenzhen, China, Microsoft announced that it is working with Intel on "far-field speech communications", which is the same technology that's used by Amazon's Echo.
A new report has revealed details about Microsoft's Home Hub is. It's not a device, but a software feature for Windows 10 PCs, acting as a family-centric hub that includes shared apps, and more.
Earlier this year, it was rumored that Microsoft was working on a competitor to Amazon's Echo, that would be powered by Cortana. As it turns out, HomeHub is something completely different.