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Windows 10 will soon allow third-party voice assistants to take precedence over Cortana

July 16, 2019

Starting with the otherwise minor 19H2 update slated for September, you’ll be able to set up Alexa to listen from your lock screen, meaning that even if the PC is locked, you’ll have access to the Alexa ‘wake word’ for hands-free control.

It’s always nice to see Microsoft embracing rival platforms, but it’s another sign that Cortana, the official Microsoft voice assistant, is really not taking the public by storm.

In the recent Spring 2019 update, Microsoft moved Cortana into a separate app from the desktop search, fuelling speculation that it has been demoted in the company’s priorities.

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