The BBC has worked hard to develop Alexa and Google Assistant called "Beeb". Now Beeb is ready to test, at least if you are a Windows Insider in the UK. However, it is still early, so do not have too much hope for a perfect experience.
If you use Alexa or Google, share your information with these companies in exchange for a service. The BBC believes that it is a more trustworthy place to store your data. Therefore, she builds the Beeb to offer a viable alternative. Only time will tell if the landing remains "viable".
However, the BBC is no stranger to developing new technologies since it previously developed iPlayer and other software. But it doesn't work alone. The broadcaster teamed up with Microsoft to build the underlying infrastructure with the Azure AI service.
And that's where Windows Insider comes in. In order to receive the Beeb BETA, you have to register for the British version of the Windows Insider program, update your PC and then download the voice assistant from the Microsoft Store.
Beeb can tell jokes, reply, listen to the radio and posts, and ask about news and weather. Similar to the Ninth Doctor (played by Christopher Eccleston), the Beeb speaks with a male Nordic accent. Because whether you are an alien or a virtual assistant, many planets have a north.
Since this is a beta, there will certainly be many problems. However, if you are ambitious and live in the UK, you can download it and try Beeb today.
Source: BBC via The Verge