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    Microsoft and Amazon get Cortana and Alexa talking

    Initiative should deliver smart benefits to users of both sets of devices.
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    Re: Microsoft and Amazon get Cortana and Alexa talking

    Oh FFS. I don't want MS anywhere near Amazon. Cortana or otherwise.

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    Re: Microsoft and Amazon get Cortana and Alexa talking

    I don't need one pestering me let alone two of them. Think i'll carry on just using my brain to remember stuff and do things, keep that dementia at arms length.
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    Re: Microsoft and Amazon get Cortana and Alexa talking

    alexa is a jolly site better at timing 10 minutes and reminding me to take the pizza out the oven

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    Re: Microsoft and Amazon get Cortana and Alexa talking

    Quote Originally Posted by ik9000 View Post
    alexa is a jolly site better at timing 10 minutes and reminding me to take the pizza out the oven
    Reminding you take a pizza out of the oven, has this what it's come to? Wow.

    Careful, Alexa will remind you and the other one will eat it for you soon.
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    Re: Microsoft and Amazon get Cortana and Alexa talking

    I can do the cooking with my hands full, set a timer verbally, have it play music, tell me the news, footie scores, weather, whether the train is running on time.... all while not stopping chopping veg/mixing the eton mess whatever. It's epic. Mock away but it's a great little gizmo.

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    Not mocking mate, we're just different. Nothing wrong with that.
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    Re: Microsoft and Amazon get Cortana and Alexa talking

    Until MS or Amazon can make the commitment that neither will monetise my useage data then I just can't see either of these devices in my home, which is a shame as I think the tech is genuinely useful. I'm stuck with MS slurping my data already from my Windows 10 devices although it's turned off wherever possible and Cortana is disabled. They could both make that commitment with Cortana funded by MS licenses and Alexa effectively being an Amazon shop front, but I've yet to see anything concrete about how they will use this data going forward. Until they can demonstrate that they can truly respect the privacy of their customers then it just ain't happening.

    Google assistants are just a total non-starter, today and tomorrow, as their whole business model is purely to extract that data and sell it. I don't use Google services at all, so they're not providing me with anything in return and so they actually need to pay me for my data and until such time they can "do one".

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    Re: Microsoft and Amazon get Cortana and Alexa talking

    Hmm. Am I the only person who doesn't want a device constantly monitoring my voice anywhere around me?

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    Re: Microsoft and Amazon get Cortana and Alexa talking

    Quote Originally Posted by big_hairy_rob View Post
    Hmm. Am I the only person who doesn't want a device constantly monitoring my voice anywhere around me?
    Nope.
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    Re: Microsoft and Amazon get Cortana and Alexa talking

    Quote Originally Posted by big_hairy_rob View Post
    Hmm. Am I the only person who doesn't want a device constantly monitoring my voice anywhere around me?
    It's not the monitoring that's the issue, it's what happens to the data once the job is done. Monitoring means nothing if it's just a dumb machine waiting for a command.

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