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Windows 10 to control smart home devices
October 15, 2017, 4:13 pm

Windows 10 users will soon be able to treat their PCs more like smart home hubs. If latest reports are to be believed, the new ‘connected home’ menu that has been added to Microsoft’s voice assistant, Cortana, will allow users to sign into and gain control of smart home services. It is currently compatible with Wink, Insteon, Nest, SmartThings, and Hue and is expected to roll out by as early as next week.

Microsoft was earlier reported to be working on a new HomeHub feature that would create a family environment on the PC with shared access to calendars and apps. The idea was also to enable Windows 10 to serve as a smart home hub for connected devices.

While Microsoft works on those features, it is also said to be preparing for the release of a Harman Kardontoils away on those features, it's also preparing for the release of Cortana-powered Invoke speaker from Harman Kardon, which will be the first speaker to include the assistant.
It is not exactly clear when it will go on sale, but an early listing on Microsoft Store priced it at $199. Microsoft is clearly getting serious about competing with Google, Amazon, Apple, and even Samsung for control of the smart home.


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