Microsoft Reportedly Developing New Smart Speaker

Voice is one of the easiest ways to interact with any gadget. A smart speaker can play heavenly music, but if the virtual assistant is not in the top two, sales will fall behind.

Microsoft has already partnered with Samsung's audio equipment maker Harman Kardon to launch the Cortana-powered Invoke device a year ago but now it seems it will introduce its own branded speaker to use the influence of the Microsoft name to mount a realistic challenge to Amazon's Echo and Google's Home. However, a new report indicates that Microsoft has been working with another company to release what could end up being their own branded smart speaker for Cortana. But because of Cortana being not as popular as the other assistants, it never really stole much market share. Also mentioned is that the design doesn't necessarily mean it is Microsoft's own speaker. If this speaker ever sees daylight, then Quanta Computer would be manufacturing it.

At CES 2018, Qualcomm announced that their Smart audio platform will begin support for Cortana. It is powered by 4 ARM Cortex A7 processors and has a clock speed of up to 1.3 GHz. This may not seem like a powerful chip but a smart speaker doesn't need good processing power as everything is done in the cloud.

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It's unclear right now when this product might hit the market.

When the speaker might launch is completely unknown at present, with WinFuture saying that the project documents it has been witness to are from early in the process. A lot of things have to be considered before they decide to manufacture it in large scale.

Smart speakers are one of the usual gadget present in our house, but these are the only gadgets that speak when you ask them a question or gives them a task to do like to add an item in your shopping list and many more daily tasks. Microsoft's Cortana came in "others" (13%), individually it might negligible.

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