Welcome, visitor! [ Register | Login

Microsoft and Amazon alliances to integrate Alexa and Cortana digital assistance, puts Google under pressure

Uncategorized October 14, 2017

Google-Amazon-Partnership-iDeal-Classifieds

Microsoft and Amazon announced a surprise partnership on Thursday in which they were jointly releasing for free a new software tool for developers called Gluon.

Gluon makes it easier for developers to build AI systems, but if we look at this partnership of Amazon and Microsoft its interesting that it challenges Google in its big area of dominance for Google Now.

Amazon and Microsoft are partnering to improved integration of their Alexa and Cortana digital assistants. After this, Alexa users will be able to access Cortana, and vice versa on a range of devices, although the first step in this integration is rather clunky. Amazon Echo users have to say, “Alexa, open Cortana,” while Microsoft users have to say, “Cortana, open Alexa.” It appears that both companies have simply created skills on each others platforms to enable the basic integration.

Releasing new programming tools like this as open source is a way to get people to start using them, and it helps make sure these tools will do what people want them to do, because the users are the ones contributing features.

But there seems to be another interesting reason behind this historical partnership, when it comes to AI and machine learning, Google seems to have an edge. Google has bet its cloud computing strategy on AI. The internet company believes AI will become so important to the cloud, and that Google will be so good at it, that Google will leapfrog Amazon and Microsoft and win the next cloud war.

Google is already ahead when it comes to build AI systems because of the open source tool Tensorflow. Tensorflow is highly popular with developers. Programmer does not need to use Google’s cloud to use Tensorflow – it’s so popular Amazon’s cloud also supports it – developers would have sort of a natural leaning toward Google’s cloud if Tensorflow was important to them.

The New York Times reports that Microsoft and Amazon partnered in May last year, after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos raised the idea with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at Microsoft’s CEO summit. Amazon’s push to partner more closely with Microsoft makes sense, as the pair are both trying to fend off Google’s own assistant and Microsoft already helps power Alexa queries through its Bing search engine.

This new partnership creates a combined pool of users of over 200 million — by far the largest combined platform. This number grows exponentially as Alexa devices and implications expand and new Windows installs continue.
Please follow and like us:
20

Sponsored Links

Leave a Reply

  • Google unveils the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL on the event

    by on October 5, 2017 - 4 Comments

    Google has announced the second generation of its venerated Pixel handsets, the Pixel 2 and another higher version, the Pixel 2 XL. Company has not let these two compete with specifications, rather this search giant believes the software and redefined design will attract the customers. These two Pixels will abandon the 3.5mm headphone jack on its smartphones. […]

  • Comcast Xfinity Is Fastest US ISP - Ookla

    by on September 7, 2017 - 3 Comments

    Cable providers pushing the new DOCSIS 3.1 protocol are getting competitive with fiber, boosting average home download speeds in the US to over 67Mbps, according to a new report from Ookla Speedtest. Ookla looked at 111 million tests over the first half of 2017 and anointed Comcast Xfinity as the fastest overall ISP, beating Verizon […]

  • Much awaited Google, Levi's smart jacket finally going ON SALE!!

    by on September 26, 2017 - 0 Comments

    Google and Levi Strauss has partnered to make a smart jacket with fully loaded features. More then a year it was announce and two years after the demonstration was made public. Since then people were waiting for this jacket to hit the market and finally its here now. This denim jacket branded as “Levi’s Commuter […]

  • Equifax executives out after consumer data breach

    by on September 17, 2017 - 7 Comments

      An Equifax hack exposing up to 143 million credit records; mobile malware (malicious software) that targets early versions of Android Oreo; and new “phishing” scams affecting WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger users. The data theft, first reported last week, caused outrage among consumer advocates and lawmakers who demanded answers on how this hack happened. On Thursday, the Federal Trade […]

  • iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus Launched: Wireless Charging Introduced

    by on September 13, 2017 - 2 Comments

      Finally after months of rumors  the new iPhones are finally here. Apple launched three new versions of iPhone series: special-edition with edge to edge display iPhone X, a larger display 5.5-inch iPhone 8 plus and iPhone 8 – the successor of last year’s iPhone 7. These new iPhones can be preorder on Friday, Sept. 15, […]