These Acer PCs will get Amazon Alexa starting from Q1 2018

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The new Alexa app for Windows 10 is notably separate from the deal Microsoft and Amazon struck previous year that allowed for integration between Alexa and the former's Cortana voice assistant.

To use Alexa, you'll be able to load up the app and tap a button, use a keyboard shortcut, or say the "Alexa" hotword.

"This is a big step toward making Alexa available wherever customers might need her", said Steve Rabuchin, Amazon Alexa vice president, in a news release announcing Acer's integration of Alexa into its Aspire, Spin, Switch and Swift notebooks, and Aspire all-in-one PCs. "A voice interface can make everyday tasks simpler for customers - now that includes their desktop and laptop PCs, too", an Amazon spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email.

Acer's new Windows devices such as the Switch 7 Black Edition and Spin 5 come with Acer Purified.Voice technology that has four digital microphones supporting far-field voice recognition from up to nine feet (2.74 m) away, while other devices with dual microphones will be able to activate Alexa within three feet (0.91 m).

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Although most people interact with the Alexa voice assistant through Amazon's web-connected speakers, the Echo and the Echo Dot, the online retail giant has been increasingly courting third-party companies to embed Alexa in their own devices.

People can already access Alexa on their PCs through an Amazon-sanctioned website for developers to test their Alexa apps, or skills, built for the Echo. As per HP, this PC delivers a powerful computing experience and fantastic audio with the help of Amazon Alexa digital assistant.

It's no secret that Amazon wants its Alexa voice assistant to be in as many places around the home as possible.

Asus wasn't ready to name any specific models with Alexa just yet, but the company did say it would annouce VivoBook and ZenBook laptops with Alexa integration in the first half of 2018. Moreover, Acer and Asus have also said their latest notebooks will be compatible with Alexa. For example, ask about the weather and Alexa may both show you and tell you about the weather.

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