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Acer will be first to bring Amazon Alexa to Windows PCs on May 23

With the rise of virtual assistants and the friendly-rivalry between Microsoft and Amazon, it's Acer that will bring Alexa to its growing line of Windows 10 PCs first.

Today, Acer is announcing that Alexa is rolling out to numerous new Windows 10 PCs, including its popular Switch, Swift, and Aspire lines, which were recently updated and refreshed earlier this year. From the related press release:

Acer today announced that several of its popular Windows 10 notebook lines are the industry's first to offer Alexa pre-installed, including the Acer Spin 3 and Acer Spin 5 lines, which are available at retailers now. The news today is the first step in Acer's plans to roll out Alexa across its PC portfolio.The first Acer notebook lines to receive the update will be the Acer Spin 5 and Spin 3 convertible families on May 23 and May 26, respectively.

In addition, Amazon Alexa is expected to come to the Acer Nitro 5 Spin convertible gaming notebook line next month and "Aspire all-in-one PCs, as they are rolled out to Acer's retail partners over the next few weeks," Acer said.

Not much is known about just how well Alexa will integrate with Windows 10 PCs. Amazon's Alexa is arguably more popular and widely used than Microsoft's Cortana, but when it comes to features Acer seems to boast familiar features. You can "check the weather, make an entry on their calendar, create lists, answer questions, or play their favorite music, podcasts or audiobooks," the company said. "Acer customers can ask Alexa to manage smart home devices including lighting, thermostats and home appliances, all with their voice."

It's not known why Amazon just doesn't release Alexa in the Microsoft Store instead of having "exclusive" PC partners, but it seems like a way for PC companies to generate hype around what is arguably a flat market.

Sometime this year, Microsoft and Amazon are letting their respective A.I. assistants "talk" to each other making independent apps somewhat redundant.

At least for those steeped in Amazon's ecosystem with the thousands of Alexa "skills" already available, today's announcement is good news.

Daniel Rubino
Executive Editor

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

9 Comments
  • RIP Cortana
  • I agree! It seems like Microsoft cannot be bothered to really market their products. I live in Norway, and it looks like Cortana will be history before they get around to releasing it here. Just another good idea, along with Phone, Band, Groove, and probably several others, ditched because of lack of marketing. I am still pissed because of Microsoft's lacklustre approach to Windows Mobile. I LOVE my Lumia 950 XL, but I am being forced into Android because I cannot get essential apps any longer. A day with Android and I get angry with Microsoft all over again. I was quite excited when Cortana started - I really thought that it could be something big. It seemed like they stopped working on the project, and allowed the other big guns to take over without a fight. It really makes you wonder - should I change platform?
  • Nadella, "we have to be on the hunt for what's the next bend in the curve." Whoops! https://www.pcmag.com/article/361233/which-voice-assistant-will-beat-ale... No worries, all is going exactly to Nadella's master plan. https://www.windowscentral.com/nadella-if-oems-dont-build-windows-phones...
  • Ahh Multitech, how I loved thee so much... Brings tears to my eyes :'(
  • Another useless app on Windows that no one body asked.
  • Anyone ripped the appx yet?
  • Rip appx
  • They should have just put Alexa in the Windows store instead
  • Long live bloatware.