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Microsoft Partner With Harman Kardon On Smart Home Speaker

Microsoft have revealed that they’ll be bringing their voice assistant Cortana to the home via a new smart speaker.

Built in partnership with Harman Kardon, the Invoke will have three woofers, three tweeters and seven microphones.

According to the company, “Invoke brings together Harman Kardon’s audio heritage with Cortana by Microsoft, resulting in a beautifully designed speaker for the home. Crafted from premium materials, Invoke’s striking metallic speaker cabinet delivers power and projects sound at full 360-degrees, revealing every beautiful detail in your music.”

Of course, the biggest selling point here is the speaker’s integration with Cortana. Users will be able to make Skype calls, book appointments and control their smart appliances using their voice.

Regardless, if Cortana is your voice assistant of choice, there aren’t a whole lot of other options out there.

Harman says that the speaker will roll out to customers towards the tail-end of 2017.

More information about the speaker is expected to come during this week’s Microsoft Build conference.

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