Microsoft Dives Deeper Into Connected Home Market With Thermostat

Microsoft Dives Deeper Into Connected Home Market With Thermosta

The Nest Thermostat was one of the first smart home items to really make a splash, making a name for the smart home market. And the Amazon Echo helped to define voice-activated digital assistants. Now, Microsoft is combining those two elements with the GLAS.

In a partnership with Johnson Controls, Microsoft is putting AI assistant Cortana into a smart thermostat. Microsoft’s Cortana has long been available on the company’s phone, desktop and gaming platforms, but this is a much more standalone device.

The device itself is a transparent piece of touchscreen glass that displays info you’d expect on a thermostat, but it also responds to voice commands and can work with future Windows 10 IoT Core devices.

The move marks another Alexa competitor entering the space and will likely drive more integrations down the line. Microsoft’s Azure platform has many IoT integrations, so manufacturers may be tempted to install it on their next Internet of Things device.

That means security systems could have the Halo-born artificial intelligence controlling their homes, and keeping the alien Covenant at bay.

However, the initial GLAS seems to be targeted toward business users, including restaurants, offices and storefronts rather than residential use. It’s not clear when GLAS will launch or what it’s cost will be, but it’s exciting that Microsoft is finally getting into the smart home with some smarter products.

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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