It is unlikely Amazon guessed that launching a “smart” column with voice Echo assistant Alexa, it will create a completely new market segment. Google already debuted with speaker system Home assistant. Apple is rumored to be preparing a “smart” speaker Speaker, Siri, and Microsoft has shifted the authority of the manufacturer of Harman Kardon, which today presented its system with virtual assistant Cortana.
Column Invoke is executed in the case of a cylindrical shape and comes with five pre-installed music services. By default, the device will work with Microsoft Groove, but users will be able to run and others: iHeartRadio, Pandora, Spotify and TuneIn. Perhaps with future firmware updates the gadget will get the support of other music services.
Unfortunately, details about the new product almost no. The new product is able to answer questions, provide information from the Internet. All this is due to the possibilities of assistant Cortana. It is also known about the possibility of make calls through Skype.
On the official website stated that the product will go on sale in the fall. But neither the exact launch date of the sale or price is not yet announced. Perhaps Microsoft will reveal details at a conference for developers, which will be held from 10 to 12 may.
It is worth noting that in Russia of the five supported Invoke services is only one TuneIn. The rest can only be run through a VPN. Support Russian language voice assistant Cortana and is not expected in the near future.