Microsoft has been taking small steps to develop its partnership with Amazon to make Alexa available on Windows 10 machines. Previously, we saw its efforts to integrate both voice aids, Cortana and Alexa to allow users to use anyone of the two to call the other. However, it appears that Microsoft plans to take Alexa and other third-party voice assistants directly to the blocking screen.
With the next major update of Windows 10, 19H2 (a simpler name compared to the previous one), Microsoft will give its Alexa integration a big boost. It will allow you to access the Amazon voice assistant (and other third parties in the future) without unlocking the machine. You can call "Alexa" and your PC with Windows 10 will start listening to all your commands immediately.
This may seem like a minor change on the surface, but Microsoft has been preparing the same thing for quite some time. The company has already removed its long-running Cortana integration and made the voice assistant available as a standalone application, like Alexa. Amazon has also taken steps to make life easier for Windows 10 users, allowing them to use the Alexa activation word in their application.
Microsoft knows that Cortana has been a failure for them and will be a place for consumers. The company plans to reuse its own voice assistant to address its commercial efforts, so we can see that Cortana is very integrated into Microsoft software and business services to improve productivity.
In general, this basically means that third-party voice assistants will have more prominence for Windows 10 users in the future. Alexa could pave the way, turning your Windows 10 machine into a device similar to Echo Show, but this does not mean that Cortana is completely out of the picture. These changes are already being implemented in Windows Insiders for an initial test, with a more robust feature set in future releases.