Alexa on your desktop or laptop computer works much the same method it does on your Echo sensible audio system: you ask Alexa what the weather is, inform it to regulate your sensible lights, and play some music from Amazon Music — for those who subscribe to that. If your laptop computer or desk has help for waking up for Cortana commands, you possibly can also use Alexa to wake your PC up for commands.
Talking of Cortana, Amazon and Microsoft collaborated on integrating the two smart assistants. Users might (and nonetheless can) launch Cortana, then ask Cortana to offer Alexa a command. That’s not going away, however with Alexa out there as an app that anybody might obtain on any laptop computer or desktop, it’s arduous to imagine that function will probably be used much going ahead. The same integration let Alexa users ask to offer Cortana a command, however it’s arduous to think about anybody truly doing that.
Amazon notes that the expertise of using Alexa on a PC isn’t too totally different in comparison with utilizing it on different platforms, however it’s planning to add PC-specific capabilities to the voice assistant in early 2019. It’s anyone’s guess as to what these are, but we should always find out soon sufficient.