Amazon today launched an Alexa app for Windows 10 PCs. Available on the Microsoft Store, the voice application allows PC owners to speak to Alexa to set reminders, timers and alarms; create lists and to-dos; track their calendar appointments; get news, weather and other information; play music; listen to podcasts and audio books; control the smart home, and more. The app is another way that Alexa is being unhitched from Echo speakers and other devices that generally stay in the home. Similar to the Alexa app for mobile devices, the Windows 10 app means you can use Alexa for access to content and information when youre traveling, as well as to do things like lock your doors or check your security cameras, for example. The app also offers access to tens of thousands of Alexa skills, says Amazon. However, some features — including video, communications, Spotify and Pandora — are not supported on the Alexa app for Windows 10 at launch. The apps arrival comes shortly after Amazon and Microsoft opened up the Alexa-Cortana integration into public preview, which lets customers call up Cortana through their Echo devices and enable Amazons Alexa on Windows 10 devices and on Harman Kardon Invoke speakers. Some PCs are designated as Alexa Built-In, meaning theyre already tuned for Alexa and youll be able to speak to Alexa hands-free. These include several PCs from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo. The Cortana skill is not currently available through the Alexa for PC app. But it remains available on Echo devices like Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, and Echo Spot, Amazon says. The Alexa app is available for Windows 10 PCs in the U.S., U.K. and Germany, and will be coming to more locations in 2019.
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.