Now you can summon Alexa with only your voice on any Windows 10 PC. The latest version of the Alexa application in the Windows Store indicates that the Amazon voice assistant will now hear the Alexa activation word "when the application runs in the background or is minimized. " The previous version of the application was just to press to talk. Support for Pandora music playback is also included in this update.
Alexa's Windows 10 application has been available since last November, but at launch only a limited number of Alexa's built-in PCs allowed users to wake Alexa up with just their voice. Otherwise, you would have to press a button for Alexa to hear your command. The push to talk option is still available, and you can switch between the two modes in the application settings.
Alexa's Windows 10 application is just one part of the ongoing collaboration between Amazon and Microsoft. In addition to launching an Alexa application for Xbox One, the two companies have also integrated their voice aids, so you can now summon Cortana from Alexa and vice versa. Recently, Microsoft said it sees Cortana as a complement to other voice aides, rather than a direct competitor.