Microsoft has built a not-but-public listing in its on the net Shop web page that lists some facts about the coming Cortana-run speaker from Harman Kardon.
As identified by “The Strolling Cat” on Twitter, the nevertheless-publicly-unpublished web site signifies that the coming Invoke speaker will be available in two colors: Graphite (black) and Pearl Silver. The value for either product is detailed as $199.95.
The web site at present signifies both of those designs as “offered out” even though they have not but gone on sale, which signifies that this may perhaps be just a placeholder value listing. (A leak from earlier this 7 days pegged the coming unit as obtaining a $150 “ordinary retail value” as famous by Windows Central.)
Microsoft announced late final 12 months that Harman Kardon would be producing the 1st Cortana-run standalone speaker which is intended to rival the Amazon Echo, Google Home and Siri HomePod intelligent speaker. The Harman Kardon speaker has Linux within, but works by using Cortana as the speech engine.
“Captivating audio meets Cortana’s intelligence,” claims the page’s tag line.
I experienced puzzled if Microsoft and Harman Kardon could possibly be positioning the coming speaker as additional of a company unit, provided Microsoft’s recent partnership with Amazon all around Alexa and Cortana. Microsoft and Amazon officials designed a place of noting for the duration of that announcement that Cortana’s specialty is its integration with Microsoft Business office apps.
But the web site on the Microsoft Shop web page emphasizes the “property” angle of the unit. Cortana permits people to control their music, question qustions about news and temperature, area arms-cost-free Skype phone calls, control pick property-automation equipment and also “generate reminders and lists, take care of your timetable, and additional,” the web site notes.
Microsoft nevertheless has considerably fewer Cortana capabilities, or add-ins, than Amazon’s Alexa does, and Cortana has unquestionably has not been at the forefront of property-automation. That explained, a Cortana-run, Windows 10-dependent intelligent thermostat from Johnson Controls also is in the is effective.
The Invoke will be a U.S.-only item the web site confirms. Microsoft officials have explained formerly it will be available “this Tumble.”