Soon, These Two Digital Assistants Will Be Able To Talk To Each Other

The digital assistants Alexa and Cortana should be able to summon each other by the end of the year.
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Soon, These Two Digital Assistants Will Be Able To Talk To Each Other

Alexa and Cortana, two digital assistants with very different strengths and uses, will soon be able to work together

It may sound weird — maybe even a little creepy — but the project has been in the works for over a year. 

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella got the ball rolling at Microsoft's CEO Summit last year.

Now, Alexa will be able to ask Cortana to check your Outlook emails, and Cortana can tell Alexa to place an Amazon order for you, among other things.

That's because the two artificial intelligences are best-suited to different things. Cortana is deeply integrated with Microsoft's programs and generally lives in computers and mobile devices. Alexa mainly lives in Amazon's Echo, a home-based device, and can perform thousands of tasks, including voice-only ordering from Amazon.com.

Alexa and Cortana should be able to summon each other by the end of this year.

That leaves Apple's Siri and the Google Assistant out of the mix. Let's just hope one doesn't feel too left out and go all "Terminator" on the others.