After a planned Amazon - Microsoft initiative to integrate their respective Alexa and Cortana digital assistants put Alexa onto PCs by the end of 2017 failed to happen, Amazon is going ahead down an alternative route to make Alexa available on PCs by partnering with manufacturers including Acer, Asus, Lenovo and HP.

"By introducing voice services like Alexa paired with Intel Smart Sound Technology, we anticipate that the PC will serve an even more important role in maximizing your productivity, getting the most from your entertainment, and managing the smart home or office", Anand Srivatsa, general manager of Intel's Desktop, Channel and Systems Group, said in the release.

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.

Cited as one of leading ICT companies of the world, and commanding a global consumer base exceeding 160 countries, Acer announces today that in early 2018, Amazon Alexa will be working with select Acer notebooks such as Spin, Swift, Aspire, Switch and Aspire all-in-one PCs. Acer says that most of its desktop and laptops will be able to handle it, while other makers have announced support for at least of couple of offerings. The launch of the Alexa app raises questions for Amazon's existing partnership with Microsoft. "We're delighted that ASUS will bring the Alexa experience to its laptop models - providing hands-free voice capabilities, and tens of thousands of skills, to PC customers at their desks and on-the-go".

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Amazon Alexa is an intelligent personal assistant design by retail giant Amazon, and first used on the Echo speakers.

Similar to Acer, HP also recently unveiled the Pavilion Wave that is specifically created to offer voice interactions powered by Amazon Alexa. As a result, these companies are investing heavily in voice technology and are increasingly debuting products like Google and its Google Home speakers that use voice assistants to do things like play certain songs when asked. Amazon Alexa has spread from the company's Echo speakers into a growing number of third-party devices, in settings ranging from the auto to the bathroom. Acer already integrates Alexa into its Acer Air Monitor.

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. "This is a big step toward making Alexa available wherever customers might need her.", said Steve Rabuchin.


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