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Harman Kardon Invoke is Cortana's poor cousin to the Echo

Harman Kardon Invoke is Cortana's poor cousin to the Echo

Harmon Kardon released new details Monday about the previously announced voice-activated speaker Invoke, featuring Microsoft Cortana.

The company has not revealed the pricing of the device now and with Microsoft's Build 2017 Developer Conference expected to kick off in couple of days time, we would be hoping to hear more about the upcoming Cortana Speaker and Invoke then.

360 degree sound. Thanks to its cylindrical design, the Invoke provides 360 degree sound with "premium audio". Like those speakers, Invoke will let people use their voices to cue it to play music, read the news, and schedule reminders.

Microsoft also plans to host a session on "Cortana advanced language and voice skill design" on Thursday, May 11, according to a schedule of events at Build. The new Invoke is capable of accepting and making Skype calls to other Skype-enabled devices, landlines, and cellphones.

In a second note looking at the performance of Amazon's Echo, CIRP says that 10.7 million US American customers already own an Amazon Echo device.

Where Cortana has strength is that it is part of every Windows 10 PC and is gaining a following in cars, and Android mobile devices, especially those that are using Skype and Office 365/Outlook.




Now, another tech giant is throwing their name in the ring, as Microsoft's voice assistant Cortana has found a home in Harman Kardon's Invoke speaker.

Perhaps the biggest differentiator between the Echo and Invoke is Harmon Kardon's work with speakers and other audio technology. A built-in microphone allows you to command it from across the room to call on Cortana. That should make for sound quality more in line with a premium, high-end speaker than its competitors.

At the heart of Invoke is Cortana, your personal digital assistant, helping you stay on top of what's important.

Available in the USA sometime in the fall of 2017, the Harman Kardon Invoke will produce sound using three woofers and three tweeters arranged to deliver 360-degree sound.

Will Skype be the killer app for Microsoft's aspiring Amazon Echo killer?

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