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The partnership is the first time the two companies open up their artificial intelligence-powered virtual aides to each other, and is to be aimed at outsmarting rivals Google Assistant and Apple Inc's Siri.

Amazon's Alexa, Google Assistant, Microsoft's Cortana and Apple's Siri are all facing off to control your devices by chatting to you, and we're seeing other tech brands choosing sides.

Right now, Amazon's Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana are two of the most well-known and most-used smart assistants in the market for very different reasons. And Cortana users can ask lexa to shop on Amazon and control smart-home devices. Similarly, Cortana customers can ask Alexa to control their smart home devices, shop on Amazon.com, interact with numerous more than 20,000 skills built by third-party developers, and much more.

It is thought Alexa will help Cortana to come out of its shell a little bit - the Windows-native voice assistant has been largely limited to laptops so far. Parts of the website may not work as expected without them. The companies plan to officially launch the Alexa and Cortana collaboration before 2017 ends.

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Companies who have major stakes in the voice assistant race have all poured millions into making their individual technologies better, more capable, and smarter than ever before. With the partnership users can get the best of both worlds and access features from both devices. While Microsoft will be releasing its own Cortana-based speakers later this year, the integration of Alexa will give it access to Alexa's many skills as well.

Microsoft says that when people and technology work together everybody wins, Alexa and Cortana will begin talking to each other later this year. The clear upper section houses lighting that reacts to both voice commands and the rhythm of the music you're listening to, giving you something of a light show to watch as you use the speaker.

A Microsoft spokeswoman told CNN Tech the collaboration stemmed from a direct conversation between Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in May 2016 at Microsoft's CEO Summit.

"The personality and expertise of each one will be such that if they interoperated, the user will get more out of it", he said.

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