Amazon And Microsoft Announce Alexa-Cortana Virtual Assistant Partnership

Amazon and Microsoft have both announced a joint partnership, allowing their virtual assistants — Alexa and Cortana, respectively — to interact with each other.


The virtual assistants of Amazon and Microsoft will be able to “talk to each other.” Users will be able to ask Alexa to open Cortana, or vice versa. While Alexa can handle smart home devices and Amazon purchases, Cortana could be asked to update a calendar or read emails.

“Ensuring Cortana is available for our customers everywhere and across any device is a key priority for us,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in the release. “Bringing Cortana’s knowledge, Office 365 integration, commitments and reminders to Alexa is a great step toward that goal.”

It’s a bit early to tell if this major partnership will stand alone, or if it will convince others, such as Apple and Google, to do the same. Both Nadella and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told The New York Times they hoped both companies would be open to being involved.

Alexa and Cortana will be able to interact with each other “later this year.”

Phil Dzikiy

Phil Dzikiy

Phil Dzikiy is the former editor in chief of Security Baron. Before, he has worked as a freelance writer and editor at websites like and along with publications like the Lockport Union Sun & Journal and the Greater Niagara Newspapers. With digital and print experience under his belt, Phil has a passion for all things technology including home security, cyber security, and the smart home. His bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland College Park initially landed Phil his first job at the Beaver County Times, which has lead to over 15 years of experience as a journalist.

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