Alexa app can now be used hands-free on Windows 10 PCs

Laurent Giret

Amazon has updated its Alexa app for Windows 10 today to make the digital assistant work hands-free on PCs. Amazon says that Alexa will now respond to voice commands when the app is running in the background or minimized, providing a relatively similar experience to what Alexa provides on Amazon’s Echo devices.

After updating the app, Alexa users will be able to switch between this new hands-free Alexa and the existing push-to-talk experience. The other new feature that Alexa on Windows 10 is getting in this latest version is Pandora support, making it easy to control playback with voice commands.

The Alexa for PC launched on the Windows 10 Microsoft Store back in November, and the assistant also integrates with Microsoft’s Cortana. Both digital assistants are able to check your calendar, create lists, play music, and answer various questions, though Alexa’s strength is the massive list of skills that companies have created for it over the years. If you haven’t tried it yet, you can get Alexa on your PC from the download link below.

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