Published: Mon, May 08, 2017
Research | By Elizabeth Houston

Harman Kardon's Invoke speaker with Microsoft Cortana revealed

Harman Kardon's Invoke speaker with Microsoft Cortana revealed

The design of the Cortana-powered speaker developed by Harmon Kardon was shown on the official page of the device and the images indicate that the upcoming device has the same cylinder outlook as Amazon Echo.

With the Harman Kardon Invoke, you'll be able to "make and receive calls with Skype", "voice control your music" with "captivating Harman Kardon sound", and "get things done with Cortana".

Harman Kardon has published a preview page for its Microsoft Cortana powered smart home speaker. A teaser was also shown off past year revealing the name as well as the highlight, which is of course Cortana.

The Harman Kardon Invoke has been listed on the Harman Kardon website along with some details about the device.

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Harman Kardon wants those interested in the Invoke to register for notifications.

Why this matters: Though Microsoft was once neck and neck with Siri and Gogle in developing digital assistants, recent moves by Amazon and Google to put them into the home have left Microsoft appearing to lag behind. Thurrott.com first noted the page earlier. Last month, we reported that this speaker will be called Invoke. To set it up you'll need Cortana on Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, Android, or iPhone.

What are your current thoughts on the Cortana-powered Invoke? Considering this week is Build out in Seattle, we'd be hoping to hear more on not only this device, but the Cortana Skills Kit that powers it.

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