Yandex releases its Cortana competitor in Russia

Yandex releases its Cortana competitor in Russia 1

Russia’s search giant Yandex today announced the release of its own voice assistant, Alice. Just like Cortana, Siri and other digital voice assistants out there, Alice will connect with multiple services to help users in tasks such as finding information online, recommending places to eat and visit, providing weather forecasts, and more. The main advantage of Alice is its superior Russian language skills that can understand incomplete phrases and questions.

Along with mobile apps for iOS and Android, Yandex today released beta version of Alice for Windows. Using Alice for Windows, users can start apps, control music, find answers from the internet, and even put the computer to sleep or shut down. Unlike Cortana which is only available on Windows 10, Alice is available for Windows 7 devices as well. You can download the beta version of Alice here.

“We wanted Alice to interact with users more like a human, so that users don’t need to adapt their requests,” says Denis Filippov, head of Speech Technologies at Yandex. “In developing Alice, we leveraged our speech technologies, which currently provide the world’s most accurate Russian language recognition.  Based on word error rate (WER) measurements, Alice demonstrates near-human levels of speech recognition accuracy.”

Learn more about Alice here.


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