Microsoft, Samsung Call-Enabled Speaker Features Cortana, Skype

According to a new teaser page on Harman Kardon's website, it will introduce its Invoke smart speaker powered by Cortana sometime this fall. While we shouldn't write off the Invoke yet, Microsoft needs to tell us how it's just a single piece of a Cortana-powered ecosystem that presumably spans the PC to your home to maybe your auto.

That Harman Kardon Cortana speaker we've been getting excited about in recent weeks has quietly, and perhaps prematurely been revealed. Microsoft will also be talking up the Cortana Skills Kit at its Build conference in Seattle this week, aiming to get more-third-party developers extending the capabilities of Cortana-powered devices, as reported by Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet. Harman, a company known by audiophiles for its speakers, has announced the Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker.

We will however be updating this article as and when we have more info on the details and pricing of the Invoke Device.

Microsoft said it would team up previous year with Harman Kardon as part of a new Internet of Things initiative powered by Cortana. It can also be used to set reminders, check the traffic on your way to work, and control connected appliances in your smart home. That mean Microsoft undoubtedly has plans to talk more about the upcoming device soon and perhaps unveil a theoretically "killer feature".


Invoke will be available in Pearl Silver or Graphite, with a sleek design to enhance your home.

Invoke is outfitted with HARMAN's SONIQUE™ far-field voice recognition technology.

The biggest edge the Invoke will have over the Echo and Home will be its voice calling. The Invoke is Harman Kardon's first attempt to enter this market, explore emerging assistance technology, and attract new customers.

First spotted by Thurrott.com. the smart speaker has a design similar to that of Amazon Echo. Microsoft, Cortana and Skype are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. And this lines up with the release of the next major Windows 10 update, codenamed Redstone 3.

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