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Windows 10 To Embrace Alexa Over Cortana

Future builds of Windows 10 will allow third-party digital voice assistants to be accessed from the lock screen, further signalling a drift away from Microsoft’s own Cortana assistant.

The next update to Windows 10 is due in September and will allow users to activate digital assistants such as Alexa, which already has a standalone app on Windows, to be accessed from the lock screen using voice commands.

The upcoming update has already been released to members of the Windows Insider software testing program, where the support for lock screen assistant access was discovered.

Cortana was one of the first available digital voice assistants, predating Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, but earlier this year Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella admitted it had fallen behind its competitors.

Microsoft has now shifted the focus of Cortana and wants to see it integrated into other digital voice assistants to access additional apps and services.

The company has already partnered with fellow Seattle-based tech giant Amazon to enable Cortana integration with Alexa, but Google has been less open.

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