Microsoft Working On New Smart Speaker

Microsoft Working On New Smart Speaker

All the big tech firms of the world have already laid their hands on the artificial assistant and machine learning segment.

Now news has come up that Microsoft is currently working on a Cortana based smart speaker to compete with other rival company speakers like Google's Home, Apple's HomePod, Amazon's Alexa and many more. Some of them in past few years brought the AI ability to speakers.

Similar to how Google and Amazon allow other companies to release a new piece of hardware using their own virtual assistant, Microsoft does the same.

Similarly Alexa is available on products offered across Amazon's platforms such as the Echo, Echo Mini and Echo Dot, which are its proprietary Smart Speakers. This is how Harman-Kardon was able to manufacture and launch the Invoke smart speaker, but it looks as if Microsoft isn't happy with its results. The report says the company is collaborating with Taiwanese manufacturer Quanta on the project, which is still in its early stages.

But that will not keep Microsoft from thinking of making a smart speaker themselves instead of relying on hardware partners. It could also be a reference design for third-party manufacturers.

Last year, Microsoft debuted in the field with Cortana-powered Harmon Kardon Invoke, but it garnered nearly zero market share and failed miserably. But nothing much was heard about it ever since. It is made of metal and sports an Amazon Echo-like cylindrical shape.

Many people might have rejected the Harmon Kardon Invoke smart speaker just because it is powered by Cortana. Two, the virtual personal assistant is extremely important to the success of a smart speaker. As of now Qualcomm would be the major hardware supplier to the company and will surely aim to create a powerful and effective smart speaker which can be used easily.

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