Monday May 08, 2017

Cortana Enters the Home Voice Assistant Market Via the Harman Kardon Invoke

Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant has been annoying chatting with us on the new Windows 10 desktop for a few years now. Recently with the Windows 10 Creator's Update she was uncorked to bring her uncanny jibber-jabber during fresh installs of the new OS update. Now the Microsoft digital assistant has finally infiltrated our homes as a direct competitor to the crime sleuth Jr. Amazon Echo, via the Harman Kardon Invoke which launches late 2017. Harman Kardon, which is owned by Samsung, has craftily gotten around the OEM screen requirement for Windows 10 IoT Core by using Linux as the OS for the device. According to esteemed tech writer Mary Jo Foley, in this TWiT podcast video ~ 3:10 mark, the device uses Linux to bring Cortana to life in our daily lives. Embarrassing for Microsoft or just business as usual? I think they will be happy to just have someone willingly pay for Cortana's voice.

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At the heart of Invoke is Cortana, your personal digital assistant, helping you stay on top of what’s important. Enhance every moment with captivating sound, voice control your music and smart home, make and receive hands-free calls with Skype, get answers to your questions, and more*. * Home automation works with select providers. Works with select music subscription services. Set up requires Cortana app for Windows 10 PC or phone, Android or iPhone (requires Android version 4.1.2 or higher, or iPhone 4 with iOS 8.0 or higher). Microsoft, Cortana and Skype are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.

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