When Cortana met Alexa

Amazon and Microsoft's voice assistants are set to collaborate.

Voice assistants Alexa and Cortana are to emerge as the latest tech power couple.

Tech giants Microsoft and Amazon announced that users of their voice assistants will be able to call on both Alexa and Cortana, in a collaboration that has been a year in the works.

The partnership between Microsoft and Amazon will allow Alexa users to access Cortana through Alexa-enabled devices such as the Amazon Echo.

Cortana will complement Alexa by allowing users access to Microsoft Outlook.

The partnership will also enable Windows 10 users, as well as those with Android and Apple devices, to access Alexa to shop on Amazon, among other features.

Naturally, Twitter users have been busy plotting various fanfiction stories of the pair.

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.

The collaboration, announced on Wednesday, will be released by the end of the year.

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