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Cortana is now more similar to Alexa than ever before

Microsoft has altered the hotword for its Cortana digital assistant.

Customers will now need to utter “Cortana” instead of the usual “Hey Cortana” command to toggle the assistant, in a move that brings Microsoft’s offering in line with Amazon Alexa – though the original hotword will also remain in use for the time being.

It’s a decision that makes sense. Amazon and Microsoft teamed up in 2017 to integrate Alexa and Cortana so that both assistants can be used on rival devices, so it’s natural that the firm wants to make its system as easy to use as its main competitor.

Related: Amazon Echo (2017)

Microsoft told The Verge that it implemented the change on the Invoke speaker and that it will be reaching more devices in the near future. There’s no word, however, on whether PCs armed with Cortana will be affected by the change.

One thing Cortana users are still missing out on is the option to change the hotword to something better suited to them – something Alexa offers in a limited capacity. With this latest move, it’s safe to assume that feature will also arrive in the coming months.

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