Amazon and Microsoft decided to bury the hatchet. The two companies confirmed they’re working together to help Alexa and Cortana get along. In other words, the two AI-powered personal assistants will call upon each other and collaborate in order to perform various tasks for users.
This excellent piece of news also means that enhanced AI collaboration will speed up AI progress. When tech giants start working together to achieve the same goal, we can expect great things to happen.
Better AI assistants
This AI collaboration idea was born last year, The New York Times writes. In this manner, users can enjoy a better AI experience as they can use the assistant that is best suited to perform a certain task. Indeed, Microsoft’s Cortana is better at organizing users’ schedules and performing various Office related tasks. On the other hand, Alexa is a better sales assistant. Cortana and Microsoft Edge can also help you make the best decisions when it comes to online shopping, but Amazon’s Alexa is simply better at it because it was initially developed with this purpose in mind.
Moreover, the collaboration between Cortana and Alexa can reduce the number of instances where one of the assistants fails to understand something. Cortana is better at understanding and processing complex user requests. For example, if Alexa fails to understand something, Cortana can take over.
This flexibility is definitely beneficial for users. This advantage will become more visible in the future when AI personal assistants will become more popular.
Google, Apple and other tech companies that already developed their own AI assistants haven’t joined the club yet. Interestingly enough, these companies have yet to issue any comments about the possibility of working together with Amazon and Microsoft in order to build better AI assistants.
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