Alexa is coming to your Windows 10 lock screen in September

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Microsoft is currently testing a new Windows 10 build 18362.10005 that will allow digital assistants such as Alexa to appear on the Windows 10 lock screen.

Taking into account the existing collaboration between Microsoft and Amazon, Alexa is going to be the first assistant that will be available on the lock screen.

Summon Alexa on your Windows 10 lock screen

In other words, Microsoft is planning for a major change in Windows 10 update 19H2. You no longer need to unlock your system to access Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa.

The voice assistant will start responding to your commands as soon as you call out “Alexa“. Previously, you could only use Cortana from your Windows 10 lock screen.

This change will allow you to quickly access any third-party voice assistant from the lock screen in the future.


This is how you can control your Windows 10 PC with nothing else but your voice.


Microsoft-Amazon partnership is not new

As a quick reminder, Microsoft and Amazon announced a partnership back in August 2017. The basic aim of this collaboration was to integrate Cortana and Alexa.

We have seen many products that have been produced so far. As a result of this announcements Amazon’s voice assistant came pre-installed with many Windows 10 PCs released by Lenovo, HP, and Acer.

Moreover, Microsoft released Amazon Alexa app on Microsoft Store in November 2018. This app was initially released in Germany, the US and UK.

The CEO of Microsoft announced in January that the company does not plan to compete with Google Assistant and Alexa anymore.

Hence, all of these decisions were made to welcome Alexa on Windows 10. We can see the results of these efforts in the recent Windows 10 build.

Cortana is not exactly going away

Microsoft is well aware of the fact that Cortana failed to perform as per the expectations. Consumers are more interested in using Alexa and other third-party assistants rather than Cortana. That is why the Redmond giant decided to look for other options.

This does not mean that Microsoft is eliminating Cortana altogether. Microsoft plans to revive its digital assistant to serve other purposes.

The big M has already started to integrate Cortana in its enterprise services and software.

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