Amazon Alexa is coming to Windows 10 PCs this year

Amazon’s Echo Dot

Initially the feature will be available in the United States via an update through Acer Care Center and wider support is expected to be rolled out mid-2018.

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.

But the company is probably more interested on giving PCs users more choice, in an attempt to shut Apple's Mac devices and Siri assistant out of the market. However, even without Cortana's help, Alexa is making a big leap forward in the Windows space. "Voice is a natural interface for interacting with technology and can make everyday tasks simpler", said Steve Rabuchin, Vice President of Amazon Alexa in ASUS' press release.

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The three personal computer giants debuted personal computers on Monday that are created to work with Alexa, part of a push by Amazon to spread its voice assistant to more third-party devices.

The PC is the ultimate device to bring all your digital experiences together - Anand Srivatsa, General Manager, Intel's Desktop, Channel and Systems Group. It is worth noting here that Amazon has already made its strong presence in the voice assistant world with more than 25 thousand Alexa Skills, whereas Microsoft's Cortana has merely 300 skills, as highlighted by Hassan.

Amazon's Alexa will soon be available on the latest Windows 10 PCs alongside Microsof't Cortana.

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Some notebook editions such as Spin 5 and Switch 7 Black Edition powered with 4 digital microphones and Acer Purified Voice can activate Alexa up to 9ft from the user, and the ones with dual microphones within3 ft from the user. Acer also mentioned that all the supported devices come with front-facing speakers and provide an immersive audio experience.

Amazon Alexa is an intelligent personal assistant design by retail giant Amazon, and first used on the Echo speakers. Besides a select notebooks, Acer plans to rollout Alexa to the V6820M/i 4K UHD Projector. All offers subject to change without notice or obligation and may not be available through all sales channels. From service-oriented technologies to the Internet of Things to gaming and virtual reality, Acer's 7,000+ employees are dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale, and support of products and solutions that break barriers between people and technology. All rights reserved. Acer and the Acer logo are registered trademarks of Acer Inc. Applicable sales tax extra.

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