March 20, 2018

Amazon Alexa to launch on Windows 10 PCs this year

09 January 2018, 01:44 | Rudolph Thomas

Amazon Alexa is coming to Windows 10 PCs from HP Asus Acer and Lenovo

Amazon Alexa is coming to Windows 10 PCs from HP Asus Acer and Lenovo

Over the past year we've seen smartphone makers add Alexa to their handsets, and now Asus has joined Acer in announcing that the voice bot is coming to 2018 models of its notebook PC lineups.

READ NEXT:Starry Internet to expand wireless broadband service this month Windows PCs are a logical next step for Amazon's rapidly expanding Alexa. That computer, like Acer's Amazon-supported PCs, also contains custom Intel audio processors that are meant to help Alexa better hear and respond to people's voices.

The roster of products to support Amazon's AI assistant will include the HP Pavilion Wave, ASUS's ZenBook and VivoBook line, as well as Acer Spin, Swift Switch and Aspire notebooks.

"Voice is a natural interface for interacting with technology and can make everyday tasks simpler", Steve Rabuchin, vice president of Amazon Alexa, said in the release. One of the best and widely available Voice Assistant is Amazon Alexa and now the company is increasing its reach by making it available on the Windows 10 platform. With Alexa enabled, you can ask your laptop or desktop to do anything you might ask of your Echo device: check calendars, create lists and answer questions, play music, and manage smart home devices. "It now will offer a custom LED to indicate Alexa is listening", the company explained in a press release.

Perhaps, most interestingly, the newly integrated PCs will show findings on screen, as well as audibly delivering information, with other Alexa integrations only able to perform the latter.

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.

As of mid-December, Amazon was said to have a roster of an estimated 25,000 Alexa skills, while Cortana was said to be on 230. The app will be available this Spring. Besides a select notebooks, Acer plans to rollout Alexa to the V6820M/i 4K UHD Projector. Since all of these devices have a screen or can be connected to a monitor, Alexa will be able to display information in addition to providing audio feedback.

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