In a separate announcement, it has now been revealed that Amazon will partner with some of the biggest manufacturers of Windows systems to bring full Alexa support to Windows 10. That computer, like Acer's Amazon-supported PCs, also contains custom Intel audio processors that are meant to help Alexa better hear and respond to people's voices. HP is launching a sleek desktop PC called Pavillion Wave which will come with Amazon Alexa integration. "Voice is a natural interface for interacting with technology and can make everyday tasks simpler", said Steve Rabuchin, Vice President of Amazon Alexa in ASUS' press release.
HP, Acer, and Asus all announced new computers to support Alexa at CES: HP has its spaceship-like Pavilion Wave PC, while Acer promised Alexa would launch on "select Aspire, Spin, Switch and Swift notebooks, as well as Aspire all-in-one PCs starting from Q1 2018". Some of the offerings that are being showcased at CES 2018 in Las Vegas will come with pre-installed Alexa app. Amazon and Microsoft partnered in August past year to let Cortana and Alexa work together. With Alexa enabled, you can ask your laptop or desktop to do anything you might ask of your Echo device: check calendars, create lists and answer questions, play music, and manage smart home devices.
People can already access Alexa on their PCs through an Amazon-sanctioned website for developers to test their Alexa apps, or skills, built for the Echo. "Working with Intel and Amazon engineers to optimize Intel Smart Sound Technology to help deliver a hands-free experience, the 360-degree multi-directional reflective audio can hear voice commands from any angle". An Amazon spokesperson said these new Alexa integrations are unrelated.
This could be a huge win for Amazon, which is now trying to stay ahead of Google with regard to in-home digital assistants.
Acer says it's also adding Alexa to its new V6820M and V6820i 4K UHD projectors. Amazon Alexa has spread from the company's Echo speakers into a growing number of third-party devices, in settings ranging from the vehicle to the bathroom.