CES 2018: Amazon is bringing Alexa to select Windows PCs this year

Amazon Alexa is coming to Windows 10 PCs

It'll also bring additional support for Alexa-PC integration for making calls and sending messages. It is also being kitted out with a custom LED that lets you know when Alexa is listening. The irony is that this Alexa integration in Windows 10 PCs will compete directly with Microsoft's built-in Cortana which is arguably not almost as widespread as Alexa, Siri and even Google Assistant.

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Both Google and Amazon have a larger footprint than Cortana does in speakers and smart-home devices, and they'll be battling it out at CES this week.

This could get awkward for Microsoft and Amazon. After enabling the Acer Projector Smart Home skill on either an Echo device or a compatible PC Alexa will respond to commands such as: "Alexa, turn on the projector", "Alexa, select HDMI as the projector source", or "Alexa, change projector display mode to bright". On the other hand, it also wants Cortana to be in your auto, and on your smart speaker, and to run on your Android phone and iPhone (but mostly the former). and Windows PC. Microsoft could also stand to do more with the Cortana Skills platform, which now sports 250-300 skills, when Alexa has 250, 000 at its disposal. Amazon says there are more than 50 third-party devices with Alexa built-in before any announcements at CES this week.

Acer says it will bring Alexa to its PCs through an update starting in the first quarter of this year, with a wider rollout expected in mid-2018.

Acer, Asus, and HP have all announced forthcoming PCs that integrate Alexa: select Acer Aspire, Spin, Switch and Swift notebooks and some Aspire all-in-one PCs; select Asus ZenBook and VivoBook laptops; and HP's new Pavilion Wave PC, which looks most like an Amazon Echo than any of the other devices. Other Acer machines with dual microphones will allow users to activate Alexa from within three feet, the company says. To make the hands-free experience more seamless, Intel and Amazon engineers have worked together to optimize Intel Smart Sound Technology to deliver a 360-degree audio experience.

Alexa already works with the Acer Air Monitor, and it will also be available on Acer's new V6820M and V6820i 4K UHD projectors. Details on ASUS's Alexa integration weren't immediately available.

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