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Microsoft's 'Cortana speaker' features are set to rival Amazon Echo's Alexa

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We acquired information that points to a new "Cortana speaker" feature in Windows, complete with iconography that looks similar to Amazon's Echo line of digital home assistant speakers.

Cortana, of course, is Microsoft's digital assistant baked into Windows 10. She's also available on Android and iOS, and is inspired by the character of the same name from the Halo universe. A new Cortana Device Setup app launches a new page within Cortana itself, allowing you to access a wizard to set up your Cortana-powered device. The tutorial seems to be related to a separate, unavailable app for now, with a "buy" button that links to Microsoft's home page.

The language suggests Microsoft is planning a bigger push to bring Cortana to third-party audio devices, but the company could also get in on the action at some point with its own "Cortana Speaker" device or devices. With a rumored hardware event looming, there's a chance we could see soon see some Cortana-powered home speakers on stage before an official launch, while Microsoft finishes off these new features.

Microsoft and Harmon Kardon unveiled a Cortana-powered speaker late last year, with the view of launching it more widely in 2017. It seems these features are the first steps towards integrating those external devices with Windows itself.

With the PC in decline, we believe Microsoft has been experimenting with other ways to bring its services into homes. Our own Senior Editor Zac Bowden detailed Microsoft's Home Hub platform last year, which was believed to eventually become the centralized control center for your future smart home, complete with Cortana support.

With Cortana arriving as part of the Windows 10 set-up experience in Redstone 2, Microsoft's digital assistant could be poised for a larger play in the future, considering this new information.

Stay tuned to Windows Central for more "Cortana Device" information as we get it.

Jez Corden is a Senior Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!

303 Comments
  • Sorry. But not investing in anything Microsoft anymore until leadership changes its tactics or the current starts being more honest and transparent.
  • Their tactics are ok, and the leadership is fine. Don't judge the whole company (which is doing quite fine ATM) based on one product that is having troubles.
  • And was having troubles for many years prior to the current leadership. If anything, Satya bought more time with the board and shareholders to not completely pull the plug.
  • Dont know what to tell you. Have spent to much money on dead devices from them.
  • Then no need to be at a Microsoft focused site, right?
  • Says who? You? Unfortunately, that's not your call, nor your business. I'll continue to come here to see what Panos developed and I will continue to support him.
  • You'll get over it. Everyone eventually does. Try not to stay bitter too long though. It'll age you quicker than a payday loan.
  • Not bitter at all. Funny some of you want to act like you are two if someone thinks logically and it does t coincide with what you think. Grow up.
  • Dude, I get what you're saying. You're just being honest. I don't see anything trolling about the way you put your original comment. I'm the biggest WP fan here, been here from the beginning, and will be here till the end.. I've had a Samsung Epix, Samsung Focus, Lumina 920, 1520, and a 950... Can't nobody tell me 💩 ... I know this platform in, and out. I understand the troubles of MS's lack of support from the industry, and MS's marketing has been horrific for WP as an OS.... Negative, or positive, my comments will always be truthful, and never serve just to satisfy a few bitter fans.
    You're right. As far as mobile goes, MS is doing little (that we can see) to keep us excited. Yes, I'm also waiting to see if Panos is our savior. If anyone can do it he can... We need Ben the PC guy, and the little hairy dude back, in full force (Forgot his name). Lol. Damn!.. Anyways, I still have hope, but I'm skeptical at this point, as well. MS better come with something said strongly about their plans for mobile at Build 2017. But, I'm keeping faith, because if they are developing a Surface Device I want the opportunity to have one. Maybe even a version 2.. Either way, anyone who disagrees, well, that's their problem. You should be able to speak your mind freely here without being bashed, as long as It's reasonable, and sans trolling.
  • Nope. That's how it is now. Either praise a CEO who is intentionally tanking one of the most important sectors for the upcoming decade, or your called a troll. This place has become laughable. Even Daniel and the others are saying the same thing now. Guess they are trolls also.
  • The dude you're talking is Joe Belfiore.
  • He has been gone for a long, long time.
  • Theyre just lame. They know this Microsoft **** is over. They are nothing but beta testers for a leader that's always playing catchup
  • Not his business? But you bring your business/complaints and then defend your whiny tactics. Yeah i can i agree with you that mobile is a flop though I love the OS it really blows right now, if Microsoft never touches the consumer hardware for a phone again (I hope not) but they can succeed as it in a business aspect then more power to them i get it if your just a fan of their phones but I like pretty much everything about MS. Mainly PC and Xbox (used to their phones, switch from my LG v20 to an Alcatel Idol 4S, yes I know not as powerful but the apps I didn't realize would make or break me but they did and facebook and messenger two main apps I use are a joke and that's not entirely MS to blame. You are my than entitled to your opinion as am I but don't complain that others may not agree with how you feel. Especially when you make your complaints to the public.
  • I dont read any posts over 2 pages long unless they grab my attention immediately. Yours was a snore fest.
  • lolololol
  • #Troll
  • If he is a #Troll than 2/3 of this site are #Trolls because most of us have had it with how they used us as paying beta testers and then appearing to have pulled the plug without ever giving what many of us feel like as a finished product. Go look at the definition of troll in the manner you are "trying" to use it. It is meant for those who post something just for a reaction. These posts are from people that are stating exactly how they feel and what the believe. The closest thing to a troll in this thread is you.
  • Who is the "he" you refer to? I was calling you a troll lol.   Look at your posts, they are YOUR exact defintion of a "troll". Posts designed just to get a reaction.
  • And the same argument applies. You have no clue what you are talking about, troll. Lord, the irony.
  • Okay, you win. You can on a Windows website to complain about Windows and how you wont invest in the platform, then you tell someone that comments on what you said (in a public forum) that is isn't their business... but I'm the troll!   Fair enough, you win. I'm a troll lol. Okay, that's my last post on the subject, enjoy hating Microsoft in private, but on a public forum lol.
  • I go on a Microsoft site to complain about products they half ass supported. I'm good with the Surface line Windows 10, and Xbox. You feel free to keep singing the praises of half ass efforts that we paid for and see if they ever change their ways.
  • You buy a product on what it can do NOW, not future updates. Jeez teens turning "adult" with no guidance from their parents. I am telling you now then. If the product doesn't do what you want it to NOW, then don't buy it. If a company burns you, don't buy from them. Done and done.
  • I bought it for what they claimed it could do. Said texting was possible right on the box of the Band 2. Guess what? A great percentage of us just get the connection error when doing that. Stop making silly excuses for an incompetent tech team. You sound ridiculous.
  •   Then walk away. If mine didn't work when I had it, then I would simply return it and walk away. Microsoft is a "special" child lol. If you can't deal with that, then stop buying their products. Voting with your wallet does work. And you are not making much sense with your replies man. Just calm down. 
  • Spoken like a true Microsoft Apologists. "walk away". Money was already spent. They were only willing to exchange for two more devices that all had the same issue. You and Nutella should join up...its everyone's fault, but Microsoft's.
  • Indeed you are taking this too personal. Ease up my friend and be less uptight 'bout this. I bet there are more people here who have spent much more than you do on dead products from MSFT, but hey they don't bring down the house to air their views.
  • Not bringing any house down. You seem to be there one taking this a little to personal. I just post my thoughts.
  • Anyone who is maybe a bit jaded after years of being torched by MS is automatically a troll.
    How sad
  • That's how this site has become now.
  • Never complained they dont feel how I feel. I'm laughing at them for going nuts over how I feel. BIG DIFFERENCE.
  • Wrong
  • You tell 'em. Some of the fanbois on here could get carjacked by Microsoft and would still put on their kneepads...happily.
  • Exactly
  • Every device from every company ends up being a "dead device". It's the nature of electronics.
  • Not when they never have gotten that device to work properly. If that the case, then I want a full refund on my band 2 and 950XL. I'd have to live with the dumped support for the Surface RT because that actually worked as advertised (and amazingly enough it is the one device on my list that was started and finished with Panay..kudos to him).
  • They need to be taken to correct.
  • I have had a 950xl from launch till about 10months in, the initial experience was terrible (how would Microsoft dare to release such a alpha product at premium prices?) but ten months in it was actually a good experience (in my case).
    I can't comment on the current state of the Lumia 950/950xl as I drifted for a while with Android (N6) until I eventually came back to Windows 10 Mobile (HP Elite x3), that Phone has been wonderful thus far (my only - with it is its mediocre cameras).
    I understand that first party devices have been lackluster at best and that OEM devices aren't as widely available as we'd (and probably Microsoft to) would like, but the whole Windows 10 mobile experience is an excellent expansion of Windows 10 on desktop (Windows 10 Mobile is far more similar to Windows 10 then WP7 or WP8(.1) ever where to their respective desktop counterparts)
    With W10M finally being out of BETA stage and with several great hardware opportunities coming with the new Qualcomm chips I hope Microsoft is going to push it's mobile platform(s) the second half of 2017 and all the way through 2018.
    With the right devices and actual good marketing they could push this.
    Windows 10 Mobile is uniquely differentiated from the current industry standard bearers (Apples iOS and Google's 'me too' Android) while still familiar to hundreds of millions of Windows 10 users as it ties in to a huge ecosystem of devices and is actually really easy to use (a lot of people, if they take a short time to get to know the OS, would love it's simplicity while keeping the customization capability of making it your own personal experience)
    I get why they entrenched for a while but now they have a good product that can hold It's own against the dominant market forces, its time to let it step into the light ;-)
  • Let's be real here, that might be so but MS has a monopoly in this field.
  • A monopoly in what field?
  • Like which? Zune? That's probably the only one (who got canceled.) Windows on mobile is still a live, though some older devices might not be supported anymore, but that's Industry standard (and most people update devices every 2 years anyway)
    So please tell me, which services (that cost you so much money, with emphasis on cost you money), did Microsoft cancel?!
  • Devices that are not supported have hardware that is outdated or just to limited to work on an updated OS.  
  • My 950XL has outdated software? Think not. Then why is there still so many issues and why have they passed off their support to BX2 that has zero clue the phone even exists and even less of an idea what to do about issues or how to repair them???
  • Certainly agree with 19Michael87 on that one. Zune software still available after all these years. So is my favourite Visualizer Winamp (not Microsoft) but still happily runs on Windows 10 and via touch input. Try and "touch" any MacOs device.
    All companies cancel devices all the time, that cancelled device still functions for its normal lifespan. Still using my Band1.
  • Band 2 won't text for most of us and that is a feature listed on the box. Completely different topic. You people keep trying to take unrelated issues to defend Microsoft for some dumb stuff they have pulled. Knock it off. Its embarrassing.
  • Apart from phones what have they killed... My issue is where is he speakers for this Cortana home experience.
  • Why have your devices died? Ours are alive and kicking.
  • Weak and ****** snd half bake. All my phone power up to..so what and they are a price of **** when it comes to software and stripped features. Stop using the insider ring and you'll have an old outdates phone.. Quit playing
  • I don't get it... How are your phones not working?
  • I feel you on the money spent, but "dead devices"? At the time you bought them, or subsequently?
  • They were all in the first quarter when bought. I get some devices fail and support gets dropped, but Microsoft is making it a habit of doing that 90% of the time if they dont hit a homerun right out of the gate. Ironically, some of their most successful items are ones that someone forced them to spend some money and ride put the hard initial beginning launches. Its all about money without the hard work now.
  • "2/3 of this site are #Trolls because most of us have had it " and "90%" of support gets dropped. Where the hell are you pulling these numbers from?  And you're coming in here calling everyone that doesn't agree with you trolls?  LOL.
  • I did a study using my Microsoft Band 2.
  • I don't know why, but I'm expecting Microsoft to find some way to completely screw this up too.
  • Because everything is thought of as an experiment by the board room and if it doesn't make ½ billion in the first quarter they cut it.
  • "I'll continue to come here to see what Panos developed and I will continue to support him" But isn't anything Panos comes up with under that same leadership that you refuse to invest in?  Can you please clarify your initial comment?
  • Everything I've bought that has been developed under him works pretty damn well out of the gate and I dont ever worry about support. Management kills very few of his products. Its the polar opposite with anything not tied to his name.
  • Okay, thanks for clarifying.
  • Oh so your beef is actually with Satya, not Panay and not other members on this thread?
  • If this product is absolutely terrific MS will not market it properly, or at all😐
  • That is the scary thing... Which we keep hoping will change. Not sure how they plan for poor marketing of their products after so much effort to build them in the first place.
  • The new leadership isnt up to the task and needs to be canned. Everyone keeps saying this is a software company...trust me, they went into so many hardware divisions because they know they won't be relevant in a decade with that thinking and may even be close to extinction.
  • One thing I do agree with, as a long-time Microsoft products user.  I does seem like Satya is more interested in kissing Apple and Android users asses than he is with throwing a bone to windows mobile users.  I understand it's business, but there should be something to be said about loyality. For those that want to say "It's business", or "shareholders blah blah" that doesn't change how loyal customers feel.  Here's probably a not so perfect analogy.  Imagine if a good friend of yours was starting a business that looked like it was going to have legs to make big things happen.  You've known him like a brother, and you applied to work for his company along with a total stranger, that stranger was a slighlty better technicial that you and he hired the stranger and told that that it was just business.  Are you good with that?
  • I'm expecting Microsoft to find some way to completely screw this up.
  • As usual... What's wrong with them?
  • The majority shareholders are Gates, Ballmer and Paul Allen.  And they picked Satya.  He didn't 'buy time', he is doing exactly what the board and shareholders want him to do.
  • The board never wanted to buy Nokia and have wanted to pull out of mobile for quite some time. Retrenching allowed him to reassess the situation and hope we have a future.
  • Again, it does not matter.  The controlling interest in the company is among the shareholders I just listed.  Unless 'the board' can come up with enough shareholders to counter the trio of Gates/Ballmer/Allen, it does not matter what they want, they can be overruled.  Satya's their guy.  He is doing what they want.  Whether or not the board agrees.
  • I know you say that, but between dumping money in Surface RT in the beginning Microsoft Band 2, and a 950XL to see support dropped so quickly for each, I dont agree their tactics are fine and im sitting out on anything new from them until leadership is changed or they show a commitment to supporting their products longer than they have.
  • To you, what is a fair support time?
  • Well, I could live with the Surface RT support time, I guess...but with both my Band 2 and 950XL failing at just about just over a year, and not being able to get a Band 2 replacement and development having topped before that, and the 950XL repair being passed off to the worst third party tech I have ever dealt with....i cam say that wouldn't have happened with Apple or Samsung.
  • Standard warranty time for most electronics is 12 months.
  • look at the 950/XL 650 ... do you think that W10M on it looks, feels and acts like a finished product? Its alpha/beta since purchase so its a big rip off. Its not about support, you can support a finished product and upgrade it but W10M needs much more then just "support".. it needs development... but that wont happen
  • Exactly. Tired of being labeled a BETA tester and its "my fault I paid to be a BETA tester. Its been a joke for a while. To be honest, the only way I'd touch anything from Microsoft again is if it came fro. Panos Panay and he believed in it. Otherwise there flat out is no reason to have any faith in the product or what they claim the vision of it is.
  • Just don't get into the insider builds if you don't have the attitude for it.. I remember Panos and his introduction of 950/950 XL. A minute and no enthusiasm. Please don't think he functions in an autocracy.. Whatever he does is after Nadella approves it. Lol.. BTW Zune, Windowd Ce all perished during Balmer. Microsoft crashed from being a behemoth to almost gone under Balmer I find it surprising how and why people consider him a hero. He was a very passionate guy, but he missed quite some tech cues and let google apple stomp all over MS. The culture has become much better now. 950 XL was the begining of the end for mobile. McLaren looked too much like 950. Nokia was making too many forgetable devices. It was unfortunate but mobile would have sucked MS dry the way they were progressing. Blackberry is dead, HTc dead, Sony unprofitable.. Even Motorola was sold by google. Mobile was lost unless MS made a revolutionary device and Nokis was nowehere close
  • dude, honestly 950/X3 without Insider is a useless blank papper. If you want to use all functions and have a more optimalised phone you need to opt in for Insider and thats just pathetic. Its ok to have Insider program for BETA things but when you need the Insider to unlock the potential of your phone thats not right
  • I guess...bur my 950XL is useless on production. Bugs everywhere. Just went on vacation and the camera was useless and wrecked so many pictures. Crash, crash, lock up, saving. Complete garbage.
  • Missionsparta - I totally get what you are saying, but I have one question.  Why don't you just pack it in and move on; stop using their products.  If my 950XL bailed on me during my vacation and I missed some good photo opportunities, I would have reset it while on vacation and if that didn't work, I would move on to another product and not buy MS phones again. Once I move on from a product line, I NEVER come back I don't care how good their stuff becomes in the future.
  • I'm waiting for the new Galaxy and will access that. If im not completely sold, ill wait for the next iPhone. And if that still doesn't sell me, ill buy some used android or iPhone off eBay, save some cash and just make due.
  • I'm waiting for the new Galaxy and will access that. If im not completely sold, ill wait for the next iPhone. And if that still doesn't sell me, ill buy some used android or iPhone off eBay, save some cash and just make due.
  • Dude, then you should have waited until Redstone 2 was released to buy a Win10m device, dude. The features didn't exist when the phone was released, dude. That's why phones get updates, dude. April 25th, dude.
  • What features didnt exists? A working camera? A text app that doesnt lock up or slow to a crawl? A keyboard that doesn't show up half the time? Get out of here. Lol
  • Oh no. That's a lot of headaches from your device enough to make one go crazy ☺☺
  • But...."The smartphone beta test is over." Haha. Anyone remember that ad with the Lumia 900? Guess they weren't really lying. That beta test did end while another began......And then another and another.
  • I'm on fast ring L650, same for my SP4 and insider ring 3 on XB1 and quite happy with it given that it is not a finished product nor am I foolish enough to think that it ever will be but that's what I signed up for so I don't ***** and whine about every little glitch.
  • I have been lucky with W10M since the last iterations before 10.0.10240.x I have some friends that were unlucky but nothing too awful. So far it is still fun to see the improvements although lately they are not as awesome as before.
  • This is my sentiments exactly. If you buy a Windows phone these days you know what you're getting into before you buy it. You know the apps are an issue and that things are a bit buggy but you accept those imperfections and enjoy it for what it is. At least that's what some of us do
  • welcome back pappale, thought you were gone for good
  • welcome back pappale, thought you were gone for good
  • welcome back pappale, thought you were gone for good
  • Support is dropped for the 950XL?   news to me, I just got an OS update and I get app updates every week.
  • No it isn't. It is the usual drama queens.
  • It's not one product, though. Plays for Sure, Kin, Kinect, Zune, SPOT Watches, Windows Mobile/Phone/Mobile reboots, Band, MCE (with extenders and portable), Surface RT. Windows and Office have been plugging along forever and Surface is an unqulified success. XBox is doing fine. It's not gangbusters but appears to be a viable business. Those other things can reasonably cause some concern in MSs ability to promote and support lesser products. No question they can produce decent stuff, but they have a history of not achieving market success and then abandoning them, leaving early adopters with a drawer full of forgotten tech. 
  • I had all those and then bought 3 HD DVD players as well because MS were supporting and promoting it.
  • Super smart to only buy things that you actually need and save money...but save the theatrics 😜
  • Ummm...not only that I need....read again. Only things I trust the backing in anymore. And there is no theatrics. Everyone should read softly with new products and Microsoft under this leadership.
  • Yet... You have gotten more updates on all those "dead" products than you do on the Android ecosystem. Why is that not a problem to those people?
  • Andoid's past years are rock solid. Th software they keep "updating" is buggier than the last version. The woman heading the Mobile division is either incompetent and/or uninspired. Either way the board should have fired her a year ago.
  • Android has been out much longer.  Do you honestly believe there are no bugs with that OS?  Hell, even iOS has bugs.
  • Windows phone has been out forever. Completely rebooting to Windows 10 Mobile and then putting this lady in charge that has no motivation and no pride in her job has really killed it.
  • Not engaging with a known troll.
  • Good. Then stop talking to yourself. I'm the world's biggest Windows phone fan. Trolling isn't defined as posting the honest truth. Keep being blind.
  • Not engaging with a known troll.
  • What a poor comment.
    An obvious MS fan is jaded from years of disappointment and that's all you've got. Nice.
  • Exactly. I think the last two weeks finally broke my faith in Microsoft. This will likely be another half heartedly launched beta product with minimal commitment to marketing and availability. Nadella won't give it a chance to have a second generation product which could have ironed out the flaws of the first version. :(
  • Same here, I was sold by WC and now I want a S8...
  • If they can show the same resolve as they did with the Surface line or Xbox then I'm sure they would succeed.
  • Me either.
    Too many disappointments over too many years I'm not buying another MS product until its fully proven and embedded in the market place. Not another $ until then
  • They did get rid of the ******* who first ran Xbox one. Reshuffled surface team and now more focused on refining windows 10.
  • I'm with you, missionsparta.
  • Thank you, Ricardo. I dont know how people think my way of looking at new Microsoft products is ridiculous. I'd be an idiot if I did it any other way.
  • Me too, I started to have the same feeling and if Microsoft isn't winning its most loyal and die hard fans,it isn't winning anywhere, and I am not talking just about phones...
  • So, just go enjoy your apple devices. No need to try to convince other people you have made a good choice?
  • He said nothing about apple devices
  • The other option is google, and that is clearly not what you chose if you want support or well running software.
  • You mean Android? You use one lately? It runs ten times better than this half backed Windows 10 Mobile crap this woman has done nothing with. Fire her and the CEO at once and you will fix a bunch of issues.
  • Yes, I help friends with them daily. Very, very bad quality software. It is incredible that people spend more than five minutes on them and I can understand why people are running away from their tablets.
  • I just had a huge response to this talking about the laziness of the woman in charge of Windows 10 Mobile and the dead beat CEO, but as usual the software flitches out on the notification center, and I lost it all...so just fill in the irony right here.
  • Strange. The amount of builds this "lazy woman" has pushed to us insiders is unprecedented. Never before has the fast ring been so active and I can't even count the amount of RS1 and 2 builds there have been.
  • ...and everyt
  • What apple device do I own? I'll continue to come here and voice my opinion as long as Panay continues to develop devices. I back him at this point...not the board or the rest of this messed up company. Google or Apple should try to poach him though. He us the only valuable talent left at this company.
  • More power to you.  But don't come here calling people that are actually enjoying Microsoft devices names because that don't agree with you.  Keep it civil.
  • Where did I call someone a name?
  • I agree can't look at a Microsoft product the same anymore and everyone should just stop with the bs fan boying. Microsoft has let us down as fans and continues to let us down.
  • You can never be a good investor if you don't put everything into perspective but just one product.
  • Don't blame you... Can't be mad at anyone for thinking that...
  • I'm glad you are still active on a MS themed forum though...
  • Same here, spartan. You're absolutely right. Aside: look at all the down-votes you got. Hilarious. Good luck spending your hard earned $$ on this Cortana speaker. Hope it will not end the same as our windows mobile adventure, ms band and so on ... probably it will
  • I guess you're reflecting on the phone division of msft.
  • I'm with you! I have a box of phones that's not worth a damn.
  • Me too, I won't the buy anything from Ms till a CEO change.
  • I'm glad so many of you are jumping on board. A change needs to be made and unless the consumer base does something to male a demand, that's not going to happen. Keep it up, fellas.
  • Unless they are available right after announcement its doa. Can't wait to introduce new platform.
  • Surprised this wasn't mentioned in the article:  http://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-teases-cortana-powered-harman-ka... They have already teased a third-party product coming in 2017
  • Aye, added it in!
  • Harman Kardon was bought by Samsung recently, so I don't personally believe it will come out.
  • Was it really? Lol
  • Would be fun to have a little Cortana hologram in it. Make it seem you are actually talking to her.  
  • Could be possible with HoloLens,i hope
  • HoloLens.
    Superb product.
    Just no faith anymore MS can bring it to market in time. Even then, it won't get marketed
    Yet Another quality product that sadly will most likely go the way of the dinosaurs.
    Either that or Google will walk all over them.....again
  • They have those cheap little pyramids that put a hologram above the display on your phone. Something nicer could theoretically be built on top of a speaker.
  • these pyramids are not producing holograms. The y are producing pepper's ghosts. An invention of the 19th century, btw.
  • Seems we think alike. MS could even have an actual likeness from one of the Halo games.
  • The only isue I have with this.... MS seems to push out awesome hardware, and then kill it off just as quick (band 2 anyone?) As much as I'd love another device in the living room to answer when I say "Hey Cortana", I don't want to buy a product that will not have a definite future...
  • If they can't get it to work with wink, hue, August lock or ecobee, there is no point. Given that they can't get these products on windows 10/Mobile this too while sexy, is doomed. I've forgotten that my 950 even has Cortana, it rarely works. Which means never. Having said all that, Cortana in a car? Cortana in a Fridge? And a speaker? Yeah, but MS shows NO consumer ability. Except xBox
  • Agreed.
  • I said the exact same thing in the very first comment and got voted to hell. Lol. Goes to show people dont actually vote on the message but hold petty grudges.
  • Yeah, I'd be worried about the long term support as well.  Amazon seems to be running away with this particular market with the Echo.  The one tiny, infinitesimally slim bit of hope that I have here, is that so far there doesn't seem to be a strong 2nd player yet.  Google Home doesn't seem to be doing that well so far, but maybe I'm just out of the loop.  I might also be a bit biased.  Well, I'm posting on Windows Central, of course.  I also have an Echo and a Dot which my wife and I love, but also had a Google Home on release.  Never really liked it; wife didn't either.  Had an amusing thing happen where I was trying to use it with a Chromecast Audio to control multiroom audio via voice, and somehow got the home playing one music playlist, and the nearby Chromecast Audio playing something completely different.  I swear, I thought that the phrasing I used was similar to the demo video Google released when they first announced the home.  I was able to stop the music on the Home with voice commands, but no matter what I said, I couldn't make it stop the music on the CA.  Had to grab my (Android) phone, and use the Cast app to stop it.  At that point, I was still in the return window, so I packed it up and sent it back.  Obviously been out of the loop as to how things have developed since then, but I look in on the Android Central forums and other sites from time to time, and it seems like there's still a lot of issues (and not a lot of love) for the Home and its Google Assistant functionality.
  • "Google Home doesn't seem to be doing that well so far," What?   Had the Echo since it launched we now have several Google Homes.   The two are NOT alike. The Echo has commands that you memorize. The GH has no commands and you talk to it like you would a human. So for example the Echo has the command "Song goes like ..." so I would would do a quick Google search because I could rarely remember how it went but knew other stuff. Then with the song name ask Alexa. With the GH you skip the search step. You just ask with whatever you have and the Google inference is amazing. Well like search. But it is the human touches with the GH that gets me. Started asking GH something and say "I forgot" and shes saids "no worries happens to me all the time". But then another time I say "nevermind" and she saids "yes, lets move forward". It is amazing and assume it learned how to do this by Google crawling the web all these years for their search engine. The two devices are NOT alike and drives me crazy when people compared.    
  • They will probably not have their own hardware in this field.
  • Then Home Hub may be the safe investment.  It is a piece of software and can be installed on any W10 devices.  It will be an ultimate family controal center.
  • Still waiting on a holographic Cortana to project out of my keyboard and tell me what is going on in the covenant battle net.
  • It would be nice if they extend Cortana languages to latin spanish.
  • Awesome! another MS product nobody will buy and then MS can drop support early for those few who did buy it! #everymsconsumerdevicesupportplan
  • Last as usual. Too late. Unless they have something mindblowing to add to it (they dont) why bother?
  • Too late for what? The market is hardly saturated with these devices. They're not even close to mainstream yet.
  • Last as usual would always be Apple.
  • What? There is like one product in this market?
  • Will not get it.... I've learned my lesson...
  • Nobody will buy this. People with Android phones will use Google now. People with iOS will use Siri. End of story. Get a mobile userbase or don't even bother.
  • Hummn... Alexa, its biggest competitor in this space, doesn't have mobile presence... 🤔
  • And there are no Siri devices.
  • Maybe they do. http://www.theverge.com/2016/4/20/11464484/cowatch-amazon-alexa-smartwat...
  • Alexa is a useless toy
  • Word.
  • So.. The current leader in this space is Amazon, and nobody will buy their products? Doesn't make much sense.
  • Disagree on Amazon being the leader at least in terms of functionality.   I have had the Echo since launch and and now have several Google Homes (GHs). The Echo has commands that you memorize and the GH you just talk to it like a human. They really are not alike and really do not know why so often compared.   You could think of the Echo like generation 1 and the Google Home generation 3. The human touches with the GH that really get me.   Started asking the GH something and then I say "I forgot" and she indicates "no worries.   happens to me all the time".   But another time I start and then say "nevermind" and she saids 'yes, lets move forward". But it changes.   I guess from Google crawling the web all these years Google learned how humans communicate.    What Google has done is the most impressive AI I have seen.
  • Re: aka jacksmith21006,
    Your story doesn't sound like Artificial Intelligence (AI) to me. I think it sounds like a list of "canned" programmed responses. Maybe, a big list.
  • Lol yea that's exactly what it is. People really believe this hocus pocus rofl. Anything all these so called assistants do is preprogrammed stuff. They are only able to respond to a few commands, not to the billions of things a human could possibly say. And when they understand a command they have like 3 variations of possible replies. But I bet many kids get hard when the assistant responds with 'lets move on' after you have said nevermind. They are dumb AF
  • But Cortana is the only one that is supported on all platforms.  It could become an universal standard.
  • You mean that if your not strong in the Mobile ecosystem of this world, you won't survive ling as a tech company? Wow. I've said that a thousand times and get down-voted to hell for saying it. This CEO is tanking this company in exchange for a get quick rich scheme.
  • HOLOGRAPHIC AND VIRTUAL REPRESENTATIONS OF AI PERSONAL ASSISTANTS COMING SOON!!! 😵💖🗽 #stopbeingsuchahaterdebbiedowner
  • I can't wait! Insta buy! I'm at an event right now and they just promoted the Amazon Alexa and I was just thinking....When is Microsoft going to step up and make one for Cortana????   I'd rather have Cortana integration via my various Windows devices and Microsoft account than the limited Amazon and Google device types. Cortana is simply on more devices for my usage, nothing against other assistants.
  • Hardly, his decisions, silence and lack of transparency have greatly contributed to the free fall in wp market. At the very least with the release of acceptable handsets this trend could have been prevented possibly even replaced with slow gains. Where is McLaren, where is surface?  Why did they barstardise metro for a new poorly conceived UI. All the reboots, trashing Nokia, taking advantage of users to progress wm10 with nothing returned. MSFT have made one bad decision after another and have now pretty much alienated all the goodwill they had enjoyed with fans and the community. They simply can't be trusted any longer. Cloud and services only will not save them, look at IBM. 
  • I'm sorry you're getting downvoted on this.  You're spot on.
  • There was a time toward the end of the Ballmer era when I was telling people, "Microsoft is the new Apple.  This is the company with fresh ideas and thoughtful innovaton.  Google is now the evil 90's Microsoft.  Apple is becoming RIM (Blackberry) - afraid to innovate and upset their status quo." There was so much excitement for Nokia D&S coming in house, to finally bring the software and hardware together on a level not yet seen.  Nadella's timing was so bad (for us consumers), he came in and killed it off before the fruits of labour could be realized.  Say what you want about Mr. Ballmer, but I feel that he realized that he had dropped the ball in 2007 in dismissing the iPhone, and was boldly pushing forward with a vision for Microsoft to be a leader in innovative, top quality hardware for the consumer.  It's unfortunate that Mr. Ballmer couldn't have remained in charge for another couple of years along with Mr. Elop. I wish for Mr. Nadella to prove us all wrong and redeem himself in our eyes, but from what he's shown us, I feel that under Nadella, HoloLens never happens, Xbox dies with the red ring of death, Surface gets written off after the first generation, the Band never happens.  Nadella gives us the impression that he is adverse to risk taking and innovation.  That he might be a "bean counter's" and share holder's CEO, reluctant to take risks, reluctant to stand by a product to build mindshare of the consumer, and ultimately market share.  :(    This product might simply be a legacy pipeline project which was half heartedly allowed to continue under Nadella and will now be casually thrown at the wall to see if it sticks.
  • Redeem himself in our eyes? Jeez.I'd say he has redeemed himself in the eyes of the people he reports to and is fiscally responsible for: the board and shareholders. Share price, earnings, net revenue, product roadmaps are all those people care about and Nadella is doing well on those fronts. I'm sure Steve Ballmer agrees as he is far wealthier now under Satya than he was when he ran the company.  As for the fate of Windows Phone. I understand the pain, but the Nokia purchase was a sign of desperation, not inspiration. It was the right thing for Microsoft to shed all of that manufacturing and distribution and personelle inventory that it acquired from Nokia and to pare back the product line. That said, I nelieve they over corrected and should have remained in those markets in which they had achieved a number 2 status in phones and with a handful of new handsets a year in those markets and a flagship for fans while they waited to see what evolves next in mobile. They didn't need thr Nokia infrastructure for that and could have relied on third party manufacturers as they do with Surface products. But what's done is done. I'm still using my 950XL every day and plan to as long as it works. All tech companies launch products that don't work out. I've seen no studies of the numbers, but I doubt that Microsoft has any more such products than any other company its size. I don't plan to give up on Microsoft anytime soon, or my Windows Phone either.   
  • Doing well on earnings and revenue? Revenue FELL 8.8% from 2015 to 2016. Stop spreading disinformation. Nadella is an empty suit.
  • Yep, people mistakenly equate temporary, speculative stock prices with long term fiscal health.
  • I agree that short term stock price changes are not indicators of much of anything other than the herd mentality of Wall Street. OTOH, Microsoft stock being stuck at roughly $40 for a decade, even while the company vastly grew revenue and earnings under Ballmer, was a sign that Micrsoft was not seen as an innovator or had a clearly understood vision for what it wanted to do.  Ballmer did lay the groundwork for many of the projects and products that arrived after Nadella, but it took him a very long time to begin that transformation and he too often reacted in what seemed like an impulsive manner: buying the ad agency, buying Nokia, trying to buy Yahoo.  Nadella ended the Nokia adventure, but as I stated above, I believe he over-corrected for that purchase. Nadella also defined the future of Microsoft more clearly than Ballmer and that and his decision to actually particpate in the rituals of Wall Street: the earnings reports, visits and other efforts that Ballmer did not do, has- along with continued revenue and earnings growth over time- taken the stock to where it is now, which is right below record high territory. 
  • Layoffs. Writeoffs. Those temporarily entice Wall Street. He's going to have to show some leadership and innovation to keep it going. You can only manipulate for so long.
  • Re: aka dalydose,
    I agree. Nadella is using corporate raider techniques.
  • And yet their net income is up 4 billion compared 2015-2016.
  • I think a lot of that growth was Azure and other cloud services. They ran away with the early days of that segment, but there is competition now. They won't be able to keep up premium prices. It will be interesting to see if that growth can be sustained. Im interested as a fan, shareholder and lifelong student of economics. ☺
  • I'd love to see a Nokia Windows Device....come back Nokia!
  • Insta buy, especially if by then they already released the Home thing
  • Totally agree, regardless of the cloud and other highly performing decisions, MSFT is in trouble and it all points to his continued catastrophic decisions and silence on mobile. He has made no real attempt to save it, only destroy it at all cost. 
  • Until I see real hard-push advertising on Microsoft's part to get their products into the mainstream, I ain't spending a dime on their (albeit) awesome ideas. Money does not grow on trees for the majority of us. Oh and in case anyone was wondering about the song in the Harmon Kardon video... https://mediaredirect.microsoft.com/music/Track/D014D507-0100-11DB-89CA-...
  • I was waiting desperately for this since I saw the teaser. But Microsoft needs their own device, Surface Speaker or something. Take Surface line to the next level.
  • Im sure that'll come 👌🏼
    Surface Home 😍
  • Is it me or does Windows fans hate reading when fellow windows fans have issues with the same products? Are we really that stupid???
  • I have been a fan of Echo, but I will buy a few of these day one if it supports the same functionality. Lately I have had to scream at Echo just to activate, repeat myself multiple times, and just generally hey have not been working like it used to. If I can program the Microsoft device like I can in Win10, have it work across my phone, laptops, and other devices, it will be a great device.
  • Ughh same story with me and Xbox One Cortana. I gotta yell at her ten times sometimes. All these companies need to work om their always-on mode. (at the risk of agitating paranoid people who will think the devices are recording them 24/7)
  • In order to enable devices that use Cortana to "hear" people farther away(ie. across the room); would the software need to change? Or hardware? Or both??
  • Hardware pretty sure.
  • A Cortana-powered smartwatch would be amazing and unique.
  • With a little Cortana Hologram floating above the screen!
  • They called that, Band.
  • Hope Microsoft learns about marketing before they try to release this
  • Surface marketing seems pretty successful.
  • Zac is a senior editor? I thought he was just a British pretty boy podcast intern to lure hot girls into the website.
  • I think it means he is a senior in university now :) /s
  • Home privacy is for losers. Embrace the spybot.
  • Kinect ftw?
  • But on steroids. There's a reason I leave Cortana off on my Xbox.
  • You don't use Google? Good to hear.
  • Correct, I don't use Google. I use YouTube on occasion because it's literally without an alternative, but I search through Bing and use a burner phone with no SIM to access Android apps through a phony GMail account I don't actually use.
  • Re: Keith Wallace,
    Try Vimeo. I have been searching there first, before Google's YouTube, to show Vimeo my support. They are a great service. I want Vimeo to survive, so I make an effort to support them.
  • Does it support Alexa as well?  No point in having multiple devices ... 
  • For those who are complaining about the difficulty activating Cortana by "Hey Cortana" and about the accuracy or performance of Cortana from across the room on various devices, I would like to call out that the Cortana activation and hearing capabilities on the Surface Studio have been impeccable. I've been able to call out from two rooms over in a somewhat noisy environment and have Cortana respond accurately with the Surface Studio. If Microsoft can make a dedicated Cortana speaker with as good or better hearing capabilities as those of the Studio, I think they could have a great device.
  • I was a loyal Seahawks fan when they sucked, and I'm a Microsoft fan when they're down. I'll take a Cortana speaker, please. If it fails, I'll put it on display next to my Surface RT, Band, Band 2 and Lumias. Then I'll buy the next gosh darn thing they sell, in hopes it will turn out like my Surface Pro 4. Blindly. Fanatically. 
  • Looking forward to this!
  • So if they're entering the home & consumer segment that means windows mobile isn't just for the corporate market anymore?
  • That's more like Windows IOT, I think.
  • If it can display a holographic image of Cortana like in the Halo games I'll be impressed.
  • Late to the party, again
  • So less probability of new phone
  • You know what stings?
    The home hub makes more sense as a integrated feature of Windows Phone.... Sigh...
  • Cortana is on Android and IOS too. I imagine it will connect with all of them.
  • I just realized that there is a lowercase "S" for "speaker" so that would mean that the setup pictured is for a 3rd party Cortana speaker as the only brand words there are Cortana and speaker is the device type. For it to be a branded Microsoft device with a trademark, both words would be capitalized (Cortana Speaker) unless specifically branded/stylized as "Cortana speaker", would mean a speaker that utilizes Cortana in non specific device or generic device type. So maybe, this is the exact setup for the Harman and other speakers instead of hinting at a 1st party Cortana speaker. A Microsoft branded one would be nice but I'd buy a Cortana speaker from almost any brand.
  • Well not really. Even if there was a Cortana speaker by Microsoft, it wouldn't be called Cortana Speaker, so no need for capital S in the second word.
    Pretty sure it will be Surface branded if it comes from Microsoft.
  • The only thing I am purchasing from MS going forward is the PC OS.....phone, wearables, tablets, and all else I have been burned on and switched to Android and Amazon......don't trust you anymore
  • It's too late!  Samsung and LG own the home appliances market and they are using Android. 
  • And markets never change. Just ask Blackberry.
  • Samsung has Cortana on IoT
  • How many people do you know that have a smart appliance? Or even a Google home/Alexa?
  • Hi, let me intoduce myself. My Samsung refrigerator has WiFi and I have two echos. So now you know at least one. ;)
  • Cortana is supported on all platforms, one and only.
  • Um, you didn't actually point out why Cortana speaker docks are going to rival Alexa.
  • I still question the "PC is in decline" premise.  The PC is a very mature market segment with a relatively long replacement cycle.  Some people get new phones every year, or perhaps every two years.   And these same people probably buy PC's at five year cycles, and possible longer. I think the premise that the PC is in decline is a popular fantasy fed by unrealistic expectations.  It is a very mature market segment that is in competition with relatively new market segments, but is still most likely a requirement for the vast majority of adults in the US and in developed nations.
  • well said.
  • I think it's in decline not like people aren't buying them but people don't have a desktop and a laptop anymore. And like you said, 5 years or so. But i want to see stats on how many people interact with a pc a day. I bet it's about the same or more than 5 years ago. I think usage is more important in this mature market than sales are.
  • yes, usage stats would be very nice instead of the typical argumentation from sales stats...
  • Long overdue
  • A friend of mine just told me, if you talk to Cortana and someone hear you he/she may have difficult to notice you are talking to voice assistant because Cortana sounds more human.. Which is true because Amazon echo sounds like robot and Siri meh, Google now yuck 😝... I think Microsoft need to get Cortana out in the world and bring her to every country. It's hard but I think it worth it
  • They better bring it. I bought an Alexa Echo Dot and it's pretty cool. Of course, the content matters and having Prime helps since music is included and you have Kindle/Audible content. Microsoft will have to sell subscriptions.
  • If Microsoft makes a speaker device powered by Cortana that can rival Alexa, I will give them all the money. Cortana is one of my favorite things about W10.
  • I am keen to see what they are cooking up. I hope this device includes deep integration of Groove so I can voice command playback around the house
  • Long time fanboi here turned critic slowly by Microsoft blunders. I LOL'd when I saw that Microsoft is announcing a Cortana speaker. For one, what a STUPID name. It's too long and too boring. For two, MSFT does built great products, but always too little too late and with the worst marketing of any company in history. Why is Msft such a me-too copycat too late to market company? Stop chasing other companies ideas and stop waiting for the next paradigm. Create the next paradigm and be quick to market with good products and good marketing. Amazon Echo is already in it's way to being a house hold name. They have effective tv ads, Internet ads and Amazon plasters every package delivered with Echo tape (genius). Ask any random consumer what a Cortana speaker is and they'll look as though you asked them what a Windows phone is...
  • I'm not buying any new products from MS in a market that is new to them. Chance of abandoning by MS is huge. I'm done throwing money at MS gadgets that have a good chance of becoming obsolete within one to two years.
  • Fully agree - Zune (Groove Music w/ no family plan), Windows Phone, Band 2 and even my Xbox One + Kinect for media consumptions has been thrown by the wayside.
  • MS needs to nail a couple of things to surpass G Home and Alexa. Multiple users, and multi-device deconfliction. Neither device offers much in the way of multiple users. You can't even say what is on Bob's calendar as opposed to Karen's calendar. Recognizing voices would be even better. The deconfliction will be even more important for Cortana I think, as saying Hey Cortana, and having the phone, PC, Surface, XBox and 'speaker' all resond will be as annoying as getting a Skype call is today.   Personally with Google Now, Siri, Cortana, and Alexa in the house, I think Google does the best job at answering random questions, Alexa is best at interfacing with other devices, and Cortana does the best job at interfacing between me and my device, i.e. the assistant aspect. Siri, meh. MS can't just offer a detached Cortana. They need to make her as good as either other option, and more. 
  • No Cortana presence in most of the world. Heck, no Alexa presence in most of the world. Niche discussion...
  • Alexa has one advantage though, in the regions it is available pretty much all features are available. For Cortana its a reasonably limited subset outside of US. Cortana is still very useful as-is but Alexa is much closer to region parity for features
  • Alexa uses BING search engine.
  • I thought they weren't doing this, but going to have Cortana on other things in the home.
  • I think this is just for integration with 3rd party devices, such as the Harmon. I doubt Microsoft will release their own.
  • Honestly even if it were an awesome piece of hardware, I won't buy it if I can't control it in my native language (Dutch). I rather wished Microsoft would expand native language support for Cortana.
  • REGION BOUND Cortana, You always for get to mention that.
    new readers to this site might think that Cortana is all over the world yet its for a few regions.
    Unless you giveup your region, some should never dream of having her on their devices. Feedback was given to MS to make a compromise but they refused to listen. Google doesn't discriminate on its android.
  • Most/all regions outside of the US also have a lot of missing features at the moment. They need to step up their game with region parity when it comes to features if they want to compete with Alexa outside the US
  • Does Alexa work outside the USA? Amazon doesn't have a search engine. Alexa uses BING.
  • They need to be sure prices start the same as the Echo Dot...and make it work with at least the same platforms...at the moment, Alexa appears fantastic compared to Cortana....
  • The million dollar question is will they roll out more features to all supported regions, will the hardware be available there. AFAIK Alexa does a lot across all available regions, Cortana outside of US is a lot more basic and often answers with "here's what I found" and shows the answer rather than saying it which doesn't work on a screenless setup. Google Home just launched in the UK, not sure what features it has across regions yet but likely most/all that are in the US.
  • This is a good call only if they market it well ....but microsoft seriously needs to come out and tell us about its decisions when it comes to mobile....i wouldnt mind if they ditch windows 10 mobile....and bring windows 10 on arm....but their silence is killing.....developers to fans all are confused leading to devlopers leading the platform.....it has become a trend....and i hope they do something in the next build to stop or atleast arrest the trend....
  • Leaving* you probably mean :)
  • I can't see myself getting one. With my SP4, two Lumia 950s and a Xbox One... to many devices reacting when I say "Hey Cortana"
  • Try solving the cortana force cclosse when tap the mic button in some lumia win10m anniversary update before bringing cortana to this!
  • Cortana still doesn't exist here
  • there's a chance we could see soon see some Cortana-powered home speakers on stage before an official launch
  • I would love a MS Cortana power home hub as the main interface to my smart home... But this is likely to be another US Only things... I was a hard MS fan but the Band 2, lack of the mystical surface phone appearance, and the too many US only made me lose complete faith in MS delivering anything for the consumer market... I lost hope...
  • That's something I'm really excited about and i think it could be part of our future computing methods, although i have personal concerns about my own privacy 🔏 and that of next generations, i mean toward every home hub device, wether it's made by Google or Amazon or other firms...
  • We need devices that support all assistents - not only one special one.  We need devices that support both Alexa and Cortana and whatever will come along.  .        
  • Great, now just add support for other languages, like Slovene for example... But I guess that will never happen, as we are a small and unimportant country :(
  • you are not unimportant.... many language support needed but they need engineer for more language... hope they support all the language in the world as soon as possible. good LUCK!
  • It might be the case that Cortana will be able to work with a range of speakers rather than propriety hardware. If this is announced soon then MSFT need to up their game with Cortana outside the US because as it stands the functionality and reliability falls behind, even in English-speaking markets.
  • It doesn't fall behind. Hardly any single speech recognition works as advertised, they all require a unnatural kind of language and are hopeless when languages are mixed. But they are handy to collect language samples. And the larger the sample base to learn from, the better the consuming "AI" gets.
  • The fact its a giant AI learning operation aside... The functionality *within* Cortana lags behind the US in every other market that Cortana is available, I'm thinking of things like package tracking for example.
  • Great, i have cortana in my home with great Kinect 2 with my XBOX ONE she is stunning. for sure on my windows 10 mobile, tablet and PC... need one on my CAR! sure new Volvo or BMW!
  • Microsoft's 'Cortana speaker' features are set to rival Amazon Echo's Alexa ... Really, it doesn't take much to rival Amazon, just dingle a shiny object, they get excited.
  • Stubborn old *******, not giving up. I happen to enjoy W10 on my Lumia 950. Is everything that I want there or perfect? No, but what is? Can MS do better? Yes, and it is my hope that they will.
    Integration across all form factors is key. Sign me up to beta test this new device.
  • MS as their history speaks, will follow the same "one step forward two step back" approach on this one too.!
  • It will surely be discontinued three months after released like most other ms projects. Remember, ms research, Photosynth, the lumia suit of apps and in hardware ms-Nokia (windows phone), ms-band and soon possibly holo lens...
  • Really excited for this Cortana speaker. Going to start saving up for it now. 😃
  • Hey is your credit rating good enough to  get a second mortgage on your house to pay for the new device?
  • Nothing original from Microsoft. Always copy and try to catch up.
  • So what happens if Cortana is not supported in my region?
  • Microsoft should have spent more time making Cortana work worldwide instead of cross platform. #common sense isn't common.
  • Lmao no
  • Looking forward to this. Have been using an Echo Dot (I got it for free) for a while, and would love to compare devices. #1 request to beat Alexa functionality: GIve me an alarm option to read the weather, my calendar and news instead of just a chime.
  • This is a pretty cool concept and idea, but I really think Microsoft should focus on bringing Cortana to more countries. There's no Cortana here in Poland :(
  • There isn't Cortana on any Bose sound link mini speakers. Now, is Microsoft aware of this? And what are doing about it?
  • unless cortana understands that an alarm i set on my PC or xbox should go to my phone and one hey cortana does not set off all my devices together , i won't support this   how hard is it for cortanas on the same account to understand what each should do and when they're on the same network only one should respond?
  • Cortana here in Aus has been absolute rubbish since 8.1, she was great then but this will be no different, more rubbish.
    Microsoft has lost the plot
  • This will fail as everything else. What dream are you guys waiting on. You ha e no DAMN APPS and never will
  • What apps does Alexa have abond32?
  • http://alexa.amazon.com/spa/index.html#skills/?ref-suffix=nav_nav
  • Yes, but the vast majority of those "skills" are pure crap. About all I use Alexa for is to read Audible books and control my lights, which she does well. Not so great after that.  
  • So I have 2 PC's, 1 Surface Pro, an Xbox One and an Elite X3 in my room.
    I can already see half of them kicking off on a "Hey Cortana" command.
    Problem is... Most likely none of them will be the one I want to talk to.
  • Apple recently updated Siri such that there is logic to have the "nearest" device answer, presumably by comparing relative input levels. It actually works very well.
  • I just hope Microsoft will have fired all of the marketing people involved in the marketing of Windows Phone and hired people who know what they're doing before they launch this speaker.
  • Epic idea. It will catch on quick. Innovation. Everyone loves Microsoft and their products.
  • Go **** your Aunt Isabelle.
  • I could remember when MSFT was working on its AI and a poll, I think, was conducted on the then Windows Phone Central on what name would be most appropriate and best suited for her. Cortana won the day but Alexis (or maybe Alexa) was one of the names proposed here. Now apparently that name has been stolen (pun intended) by Google for its own AI. I guess the droid boys always secretly ********** to activities on windows central ☺☺
  • Alexa is Amazon's product ;)
  • All I have to say about htis is "Clippy". It would be nice if she was more like  the Android from Andromeda Ascendant.
  • Cortana is pretty good but pity the person that has to make sense of all these comments and get some direction. It would be great if Cortana could parse and distill all this to get a grssp of where things are going and if they are going well. For me Cortana doesn't understand things very well and it is g horrible in dictation. There are several app one being voice translator that is outstanding..I can talk in French english or spanish and it gets what I said down right greater than 95% of the time wow and that is written down for me ready to cut and paste and it does it tremendous job of translating it into spoken word in a three of these languages. Cortana just in English flubbs up. horrible. Now i can swype better than type so that is the future where it learns the words and syntax for you to insert the right response. This all from lumia phone. MY wish MS not fukk around screwing a mobile platform. That is the future!!!. But already it has flubbed it badly.. get  all lumias to connect wirelesssly to big screens and to connect wirelessly to print on  printers via the on drive cloud and have that integrated with windows 10 computers and push it then it will be the dominant ecosystem.. If not it will fade away slowly as integrated mobile competitors eat away what it has a chance to be dominant player and go to approach. 
  • Well I have Cortana and Cortana mic on my new Sony Xperia ( I was an avid windows phonaholic 'till last week). The first thing I couldn't help but notice is that the assistant on the Xperia actually reads out the relevant details of one of the choices while Cortana merely directs me to some. I want Cortana to be better, more like on Halo  ;)
  • I have always been waiting for a Cortana-powered speaker like Google Home and Amazon Echo, and now it really is happening! I am very excited to see the new Cortana-powered speaker!!! ;-)
  • The key to success continutes to be marketing.  Microsoft always comes up short on marketing.  This results in the failure of nearly every hardware product.  The customer won't buy products of which the they are not aware or are aware of but do not know all the features.
  • And how unsuccessful is Microsoft since 1975?
  • She still refuses to tell me how big her honkers are!     Ô Ô  (view of them from the floor)
  • I'm not actually wild about these "smart speakers". I bought an echo when Amazon released the first version, and I've tried the Google home. All these "smart speakers" have one big problem. That is - service availability. Besides, both are actually quite dumb when it comes down to it. They can't even play your mp3 collection without an internet connection. Just connect good speakers to your PC, and you've got the best option!
  • I really don't understand how Cortana works at times. I will ask a question (on phone) and it gives me a silent list of websites. ?? Other times it will answer the question with voice. Why does it respond differently and less specific sometimes?