Harman Kardon to release a Cortana smart speaker next year

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

With Windows 10 getting hit with updates from all direction and a great deal of anticipation resting on the Creators Update, Microsoft is also brushing up ol’ Cortana, the Windows personal assistant. The company announced the upcoming availability of brand new features that will target Windows’s digital assistant.

It seems that Cortana will be making appearances in various new tech pieces in 2017, as Microsoft has released an SDK for devices. The SDK will help OEMs develop and assemble tech gear which will use Cortana. Companies interested in developing products based on the device SDK from Microsoft are welcomed to contact the tech giant through an online form. One of these devices is the upcoming smart speaker developed by Harman Kardon.

If you have ever checked out Amazon Echo or Google Home, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what to expect from this Harman Kardon product. It’s basically the same concept of a digital assistant powered smart speaker which will act as several devices in one.  The device is based on the idea of giving vocal commands to the speaker while it can be used as a music station for the entire house.

That’s what you can expect if the product will be similar to Amazon Echo or the Google alternative. However, if it turns out to be something different, we will have to wait until 2017 to find out more. Lips are currently sealed tight in regards to this Microsoft-Harman Kardon collaboration, but we at least know that the device will include Cortana. Microsoft has been looking for ways to improve Cortana and increase her popularity in the tech ecosystem for a long time. It looks like the company might have finally found a solution to get Cortana on Siri’s (Apple’s voice assistant) level.


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