Windows 10, Cortana, and Smart Home Technology

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Windows 10 is Microsoft’s latest operating system that’s looking to change the way we see the Internet of Things (IoT). According to Microsoft, they are planning to roll out new standards for home automation connectivity which they believe will change the game as far as smart home technology is concerned.

It’s no surprise that Microsoft has showed interest in joining the battle for smart home technology supremacy. About almost a year ago, Microsoft mentioned that Windows 10 is going to be more than just their newest operating system: they’re looking to change the way you see your computer. With the introduction of Cortana, your very own virtual assistant, we’ve learned that talking to your computer can be fun.

The Future of Windows 10 and Home Automation

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Now that the greater majority of Microsoft Windows users are upgrading to Windows 10, it’s safe to say that most people who have updated to the latest operating system are unaware of the goodies Microsoft has in store for them. And, with home automation in the mix, we are really looking at something that’s bursting with potential.

According to the experts around Microsoft, their goal is to make home automation integration to be seamless and easy for Microsoft users. With Windows 10’s amazingly easy graphical user interface (GUI), combined with Cortana’s voice-activated commands, consumers won’t have a hard time connecting their smart home devices in the Windows network.

Meet Windows 10 Cortana

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If Apple has Siri and Amazon has Alexa, Cortana is Microsoft’s take on virtual assistance. Just like what the HomeKit and Amazon Echo has promised when it comes to home automated voice recognition, you can expect Cortana to bring the same thing into the mix… except for paying more. No smart home starter kits necessary.

With Cortana, users can program actions, perform commands and execute home automated routines with minimal supervision. If you are using a windows phone, you can extend Cortana’s range and capabilities as long as your phone is on the same smart home network. So if you think that Windows Phones are not that useful in today’s applications, think again.

 

Windows 10 and the new Smart Home Protocol

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Microsoft recently announced that Windows 10 will soon work on Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) protocols. This technology will allow users to relay commands to Cortana and use the AI as your smart home controller. Since most Windows 10 users will have the ability to use their computers as their smart home network controller, you can expect more people to try out what the IoT can contribute to their everyday lives.

People who have already invested in a few smart home devices may want to check if their devices could be compatible with Windows 10. According to Microsoft, the OS currently works with the AllJoyn protocol as of now. Once OCF protocol takes effect next year, finding a compatible smart home device is as easy as buying a light bulb.

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Windows 10 and the Future of Smart Home Devices

One of the best things that Microsoft is aiming at providing is the connectivity of different protocols under one roof. If the OCF protocol becomes successful, consumers will finally get the freedom to choose the right smart home device for their needs. While it would start on small beginnings, you can expect something better in the coming months.

The OCF Banner

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One of the reasons a lot of experts believe that Microsoft’s OCF protocol would be big when it comes to the future of home automation technology is the idea it brings. OCF protocol aims to connect Alljoyn, and the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC). This alliance alone brings Samsung, Dell, Intel, Microsoft and Qualcomm together.

If the OCF protocol is not enough, you can also add Microsoft’s goal of opening a new open-source project called Open Translator for Things, which aims to bring all home automation protocols under one smart home controller. It looks like 2017 would be the official start of the smart home revolution after all.