Amazon Alexa Could Soon Live on Your Windows 10 Lockscreen

The bug hits Windows 10 version 1903 and Windows Server version 1903

Microsoft is rolling out to Windows Insider testers in the Slow Ring its second test build of Windows 10 19H2, AKA 1909. Those updates are part of what you might call the "patch" feature update that's due this fall, rather than the "new feature" release, or 20H1, due sometime in the spring of next year. It shows how committed Microsoft is to sharing its Windows 10 with other voice digital assistants. At the end and nearly like an afterthought, it says that Build 18362.10005 will allow third-party digital assistants to voice activate above the lock screen.

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There aren't other major updates, although artists might like lower latency for inking when a stylus or similar device has appropriate hardware support.

Microsoft stopped standard maintenance of Windows XP and ME years ago - Internet Games on those platforms had been clearly living on borrowed time, and Windows 7 is not far behind.

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If you've chosen to enable Amazon's Alexa on Windows, you're in for a bonus: In the future, you may get to talk to Alexa-and not Cortana-while your PC is locked.

Hidden in last night's release notes is the final nail in the coffin for Microsoft's unloved digital assistant, Cortana.

In order to aid organizations in deploying a new OS to all endpoints, Microsoft has provided different options for companies still running Windows 7, one of which includes an extended support package at an annual cost of up to $500,000 for a company with 10,000-plus endpoints, the research said. With today's 19H2 build, we are testing this experience.

So don't be alarmed if you don't see anything yet, but with any luck, you should do shortly...

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