Amazon is releasing its Alexa app for Windows 10 today. While the app has been available on select Windows 10 laptops recently, today marks its launch in the Microsoft Store for all Windows 10 PCs. You can download and install it on any Windows 10 PC, but only compatible devices will support Alexa wake word functionality. If you dont have a compatible PC then you can hit the button within the app to speak to Alexa, or invoke the assistant using a keyboard shortcut. The Alexa for Windows 10 app includes access to now playing to control music and the ability, like any other Alexa app, to control smart home devices. Video, calls, Spotify, and Pandora are all not currently supported within this Alexa for Windows 10 app, though. Amazon hasnt added PC specific controls to ask Alexa to do access Windows features, but Amazon says PC-specific capabilities will be added in early 2019 in addition to ongoing feature updates. Amazons Alexa app for Windows 10 comes just months after Microsoft and Amazon released a preview of Cortana and Alexa integration. The preview lets Cortana users access Alexa, and vice versa. The integration is a little clunky, so this official Alexa app for Windows 10 will probably be a better choice for those who want to access Amazons digital assistant from a laptop or PC. Microsofts partnership with Amazon also saw Alexa support for the companys Xbox One console recently.
But it doesn't support Spotify or Pandora. Amazon has released its Alexa app for Windows 10, which is now available from the Microsoft Store. Alexa was already on some Windows 10 machines, but now all users in the US, UK and Germany can grab the app, with availability expanding next year. If you have a compatible computer, you'll be able to use Alexa hands-free. For everyone else, it's a matter of clicking a button or hitting a keyboard shortcut to activate the voice assistant. As ever, you can use Alexa to control music and your smart home devices, find out the weather forecast, check your calendar and carry out most tasks for which you'd call on the voice assistant. However, the app's functions are limited for now -- you can't use it to operate Spotify or Pandora, and it can't handle video or calls. PC-specific features should arrive early next year, though. The app follows a preview integration between Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana assistant, which let Alexa users tap into Office features, for instance. Microsoft has also enabled Alexa support for Xbox One.