Invoke Speaker Is Microsoft's Answer to Amazon Echo

Posted May 08, 2017

This means it provides you with the capability to control music playback, make and receive voice calls with Skype and other basic capabilities packed in each voice assistant.

We exclusively reported about Harman Kardon's upcoming Cortana speaker back in October of previous year.

Microsoft said it would team up a year ago with Harman Kardon as part of a new Internet of Things initiative powered by Cortana. Moreover, it looks like the Harman Kardon Invoke could be available in both silver and black. Those interested can register on the official page to be notified when Invoke will be available for purchase.

As you can see from the shots provided, which were spotted by Thurrott.com, Invoke's cylindrical shape is reminiscent of the Amazon Echo. Invoke looks great as it is crafted from premium materials and its metallic speaker cabinet delivers power and projects sound at full 360-degrees.

We knew the device was in the works, but this is the first real look at it we've seen since the below video arrived late past year.

As we mentioned in our earlier report, Microsoft is not the first tech company to open out its voice assistant technology to third-party developers, with Amazon, Apple, and Google each releasing tools for Alexa, Siri, and Assistant respectively.

Microsoft has been testing Cortana's interaction with the new speaker with a limited subset of Windows Insiders for a few weeks, according to MSPoweruser, including both the Windows 10 version of Cortana as well as the Android app.