Harman Kardon's Cortana-powered Invoke shows up on the Microsoft Store

Harman Kardon's Cortana-powered Invoke shows up on the Microsoft Store

Harman has informed ChannelNews its Cortana-supported smart speaker will hit Australian shores around March 2018. The Harman Kardon speaker has Linux inside, but uses Cortana as the speech engine.

Unfortunately no further specifications were listed on the page but as soon as more details are officially announced by Harman Kardon for the new Invoke we will keep you up-to-date as always.

Invoke brings together Harman Kardon's audio heritage with Cortana by Microsoft, resulting in a beautifully designed speaker for the home.

I had wondered if Microsoft and Harman Kardon might be positioning the coming speaker as more of a business device, given Microsoft's recent partnership with Amazon around Alexa and Cortana. The page listed the price as $199.

Anyone that views the listing can leave a review, despite the product not being released yet.

Unfortunately, given the very intense competitive environment, it seems the product will be dead in the water, as Harman Kardon and Microsoft made a decision to price it at $199.95, firmly at the high end of the market.

Windows 10 users are going to be able to treat their PCs more like smart home hubs.

With this new addition, users can now assign management of services such as Wink, Insteon, Nest, SmartThings, and Hueto be done through Cortana voice commands. Microsoft also updated the page to include the specs of the device, which weighs 2.3 pounds.

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