Now you can now turn to Amazon Echo devices to access many of Cortana's unique features: Check your calendar, book a meeting, read your email, and more. Get started with Cortana on Echo devices by saying, “Alexa, open Cortana,” and you’ll be connected directly to Cortana. Follow the instructions, sign into your Microsoft account, and you’re ready to go.

Say:

  • “What new emails do I have?”
  • “What’s on my calendar for tomorrow?”
  • “Add 'order flowers' to my to-do list.”

Likewise, customers with a compatible Windows 10 device or Harmon Kardon Invoke speaker can enjoy many of the features they know and love about Alexa: control smart home devices, check the status of orders, and access tens of thousands of skills built by third-party developers. To get started, say, “Hey Cortana, open Alexa” or click the microphone button and say, “open Alexa.” Follow the steps on the screen and sign into your Amazon account.

Say:

  • “Turn on the lights”
  • “Play Jeopardy”
  • “What’s my order status?”
  • “Add milk to my shopping list”

This is just the start for Alexa and Cortana, which means features like music, audio books, and flash briefing will not be available immediately. But the experience will continue to improve as we work with Microsoft to add new capabilities and features over time. And because Alexa is always getting smarter, the experience will get better the more you use it.

To begin, Alexa will be available to US customers on Windows 10 devices and Harman Kardon Invoke speakers, and Cortana will be available on Amazon Echo devices like Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, and Echo Spot. We’re working with Microsoft to bring the experience to more customers and devices over time.