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Harman Kardon Launched A Microsoft Cortana Powered Speaker

Harman Kardon, the popular audio company who teased a Microsoft Cortana-powered speaker last year, has finally announced it officially. The company has named the speaker 'Invoke' and has also made its official website live.

The new Harman Kardon Invoke with Cortana directly aims at the likes of Amazon Echo, which is powered by Alexa and Google Home that comes with Google Assistant. As one can image, the new smart device gives alerts to users about their upcoming meetings or other plans. They can also make and receive regular voice calls or Skype calls, get answers to general queries and more.

The speaker is made of metal and sports an Amazon Echo-like cylindrical shape. "Invoke brings together Harman Kardon's audio heritage with Cortana by Microsoft, resulting in a beautifully designed speaker for the home. Crafted from premium materials, Invoke's striking metallic speaker cabinet delivers power and projects sound at full 360-degrees, revealing every beautiful detail in your music," says the website.

Harman Kardon has so far not revealed the price and availability details of the device. For now, interested users can register to know more about the smart speaker from the website.

The Paul Thurrott website claims the Invoke to launch with Microsoft Windows 10 Redstone 3 OS version later this year. Microsoft is also speculated to talk more about the speaker at its upcoming Build 2017 conference. The device will come in Silver and Black colours.

Amazon too is rumoured to be launching a successor to its Echo device soon. The alleged device was leaked in couple of images online. From leaked images, it appears that the Echo successor will now come with a touch screen display as well. The new Echo is said to run a customised version of the Fire OS, which also powers Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet.