Microsoft Takes Aim at Amazon With Harman Kardon Partnership

A Cortana speaker is coming in 2017.

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Microsoft has had a big year with the unveiling of the Surface Studio as a competitor to Apple and will now also jump into the ring with Amazon’s Echo in a partnership with Harman Kardon. This will mark the first time a third-party manufacturer will be incorporating Cortana, Microsoft’s personal assistant software, into a speaker. In the 30-second trailer, the duo refers to the partnership as “Premium Audio Meets Personal Assistant” and teases at a 2017 debut for the device, which will include a Cortana user interface display on the top. Stay tuned for more news and let us know how you feel about using smart assistant devices in your home.

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