Microsoft and Harman Kardon took the wraps off a new speaker with the Cortana voice assistant installed, helping Microsoft take on Amazon Echo and Google Home.
The speaker is called the Invoke. Users can ask Cortana to play music, set calendar appointments, check the traffic, listen to the latest news, control smart home thermostats and more, Microsoft said in a blog post Monday.
Cortana, Microsoft's voice assistant, has so far existed only on mobile devices and in the company's Windows operating system. Like Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri and Google's Assistant, Cortana can provide information on the weather, stocks, sports scores and more.
So far, however, Microsoft hasn't sold a standalone product that provides users with access to Cortana.