The BBC has partnered with Microsoft to launch an earlier version of the previously announced Beeb Voice Assistant, where interested friends can sign up to become Windows Insider testers and download the beta version of the experience. It should be noted that the service is currently only available for limited testing in the UK. The BBC announced the Beeb Voice Assistant project last year, but it is not a simple alternative to Amazon Echo hardware, but rather building voice services in its own products, including websites and iPlayer TV streaming services.
(From: BBC / Microsoft)
While only Windows Insider testers in the UK have access to Windows 10 PCs/tablets, the Beeb Beta version is now available for download in the UK and anyone can easily sign up as a Windows Insider tester.
Initially, Beeb only supported voice control for certain BBC programs, such as “OK Beeb, Play Radio 1”. However, users can also request refreshes and get local weather information, as well as having Beeb tell a joke.
In terms of personalization, the first public version only supports male voices, but bCC wants to provide users with a richer source option later on.