The Amazon Alexa app has ceased to be available for direct download from the Microsoft Store as of March 2023, in a move that signifies a shift in the landscape of virtual assistant offerings on Windows platforms. Despite its departure, Windows users are still able to install the Alexa application through an alternative method.
Installation Workaround for Amazon Alexa
How to install Alexa on Windows
- Search for the Amazon Alexa app on the Microsoft Apps page.
- Click “Install” on the app page to redirect to the Microsoft Store.
- From there, users can select ‘Get' to install the application.
- In cases where the ‘Get' option is not immediately visible, clicking ‘More details' will lead to the full Microsoft Store app where the installation can be completed.
For users facing difficulties with these steps, an offline installer link is available. This method provides a downloadable link that, once executed, adds Amazon Alexa to the user's Microsoft Store list, allowing for future updates through the store.
Advancements in Windows 11 and Xbox Series S
Windows 11 now has the integration of Microsoft Copilot, a move that potentially challenges Google's established search capabilities with a possible upcoming ‘Circle to Search' gesture. Meanwhile, Xbox enthusiasts are anticipating the launch of a new Xbox Series S model, codenamed ‘Ellewood', which will reportedly deliver performance on par with the Xbox Series X at a similar price point.
The redesign of the virtual assistant interface comes after Cortana's own exit from the digital assistance space on Windows, which further marks a significant transition. As virtual assistance technologies continue to evolve, Microsoft's strategies appear to focus on integrating advanced features within its ecosystem, offering a competitive edge through innovation and accessibility.
Enhancements and new offerings like those of Windows 11 and the Xbox Series S demonstrate Microsoft's commitment to user experience and gaming excellence, respectively. As the technology giant phases out older services, it also seeds the ground for new experiences and capabilities that align with consumer demands and market trends.