Amazon’s Update Will Make It Easy To Use Alexa On Your Windows PC
Amazon today rolled out an update to the Alexa for Windows app that enables it to listen for hot words through built-in and USB-connected microphones, including webcam mics.
Before this upgrade, hands-free listening was only possible if a PC was acoustically tuned, specifically for Alexa, such as with the Acer Aspire 5 or HP Envy. You will easily be able to communicate with Alexa, even if it is only running in the background. Users can easily go back and forth between push-to-talk and hands-free experience anytime. The app will update automatically once the feature launches. Otherwise, you can always go to the Windows Store page and get the process manually started.
Previously, the Alexa app came pre-installed in certain PCs, but now it is available widely via the Windows Store in many countries. Pandora users will now have support for Alexa and can request songs to be played, paused, or skipped. The upgrade came after Amazon and Microsoft had an Alexa-Cortana public preview for Windows PC and Echo speakers. A few months back, Microsoft launched support for Xbox voice control with skills for Alexa and Cortana.
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