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Microsoft is making Windows 10 open to third-party digital assistants. In September, for the next Windows 10 upgrade, Microsoft will allow Amazon’s voice assistants such as Alexa to activate on the lock screens.
This shift will allow third-party assistants to activate from wake phrases when a PC is locked and someone shouts “Alexa” from across the room.
It’s a minor move, but it does prove that Microsoft is prepared to open up how it handles digital voice assistants on Windows 10.
Earlier this year, Amazon also allowed its Alexa wake word on its Windows 10 app. Microsoft’s recent design changes follow modifications to Cortana in Windows 10 as it goes to a different app in the Microsoft Store and away from the operating system’s built-in search experience.
Microsoft and Amazon have also earlier partnered to incorporate Cortana and Alexa.
Microsoft has a new approach to Cortana that involves discussions and interactions that are part of company software and services.
So now Cortana will play a more prominent role for enterprise applications, but it will only be one of many virtual assistants on Windows 10 in the future.
In the update to the 19H2 code name that is due to come in September, Microsoft plans to release some of these changes.
This one is much smaller with fewer new features and changes as compared to previous autumn updates. Microsoft is starting to test some of these digital assistant changes in a new Windows 10 build (18362.10005), released today to Windows Insider Testers.
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