Microsoft unveils its hardware plans to take on Amazon's Echo with Windows 10 PCs

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Microsoft is rumored to be preparing a HomeHub feature for Windows 10 to better compete with devices like Google’s Home and Amazon’s Echo. While that feature isn’t expected to debut until later next year, Microsoft is laying the hardware groundwork for new devices that will run Windows 10 in ways that are more like the Echo and Alexa.

Microsoft is partnering with Intel to allow device makers to create hardware that incorporates the latest artificial intelligence with Cortana, and the ability to support far-field speech communications and wake on voice. “Customers are device creators,” explains Microsoft’s Windows and devices chief Terry Myerson in an interview with The Verge. “There’s a lot of enthusiasm for wake on voice, devices with…

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