Microsoft Cortana-powered Harman Kardon speaker will feature Skype calling
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Microsoft Cortana-powered Harman Kardon speaker will feature Skype calling

Will Skype be the killer app for Microsoft’s aspiring Amazon Echo killer?

Harman Worldwide, the Samsung subsidiary, this morning released new details about its upcoming Harman Kardon sensible speaker, to be powered by Microsoft’s Cortana voice-enabled assistant.

Options embody the flexibility to make use of Skype to make calls to cellphones, landlines and different units working the Microsoft-owned communications platform. It will be the primary machine of its form to supply Skype integration, in accordance with the businesses — the newest instance of Microsoft higher leveraging its diversified belongings in new merchandise.

The device, to be referred to as the Harman Kardon Invoke, was first teased last December, with out many particulars on the time. This morning, Harman stated the Invoke will be accessible within the U.S. within the fall, in white or black, with seven microphones for voice recognition and a 360-degree speaker able to filling a big room with music.

Cortana started on Home windows Telephone earlier than increasing to Home windows 10 and Xbox One, and the voice-enabled assistant is now beginning to increase to third-party units by way of the Cortana Device SDK. Microsoft will even be speaking up the Cortana Abilities Equipment at its Construct convention in Seattle this week, aiming to get more-third-party builders extending the capabilities of Cortana-powered units, as reported by Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet.

The varied strikes place Microsoft to compete extra instantly with Amazon and Google within the sensible speaker market, and the inclusion of Skype calling may give Microsoft an necessary level of differentiation. However Amazon has a transparent lead, with a new report estimating that greater than 10 million Alexa-powered units have been bought.

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