Harman Kardon teases the Invoke speaker, a Cortana-powered Echo competitor

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The Details reveal the full design of the speaker similar to Amazon Echo and will be available in Black and Silver variants.

"We're excited to work with Microsoft to develop a premium speaker that will deliver an exceptional experience to every customer using 360-degree Harman Kardon sound and the intelligence of Cortana", said Michael Mauser, President, Lifestyle Audio Division at HARMAN. Microsoft is also highlighting the Invoke's ability to make and receive Skype calls to other Skype devices as well as cellphones and landlines, which is an interesting addition to a home assistant. First teased last December, the smart speaker will be able to do things like manage a calendar, control smart home devices, play music, and deliver the news. The company's Cortana digital assistant is primarily a resident of Windows 10 personal computers. Microsoft's new product brings to life its voice assistant called Cortana, which exists just on mobile devices and Windows operating system.

Microsoft Corp.is hoping to challenge Amazon.com Inc.'s Echo smart speaker for a spot on the kitchen counter with a device from Samsung Electronics Co. that can make phone calls.

Harmon Kardon says the Invoke will launch this fall.

Harman Kardon's Cortana-powered Echo rival makes Skype calls

In addition to being powered by Cortana, Microsoft's answer to Siri and Alexa, the Invoke's other big selling point will be Skype calling built in. But while we know that the Lenovo device will cost $179.99, we still don't have any pricing on the Invoke, and while we reached out to Microsoft, the company wouldn't share the price at this time.

The Cortana-based Invoke looks to glow and move like an Echo.

You can get more details about the intelligent speaker on the official product page.

Amazon Echo and Echo Dot devices are expected to claim a 70.6 percent share of the USA market this year. The Invoke has a seven-microphone far-field listening array like the Echo's, but it also includes three woofers and three tweeters, as opposed to Echo's one of each.

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