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Microsoft makes very quiet smart home move with Johnson thermostat

Microsoft and Johnson Controls have unveiled GLAS, a smart home thermostat that runs on Windows 10 IoT Core and houses Cortana – Microsoft’s digital assistant. Stepping on all manner of smart home toes, from Amazon’s Echo and Alexa, to Alphabet’s Nest line and Google Assistant, as well as Apple’s Siri, this has been a very low-key entrance to the smart home market. That market, as a whole, has been rather underwhelming. Riot has covered this in the past, but broadly, we are well behind the vision of the smart home that was expected back in 2015. Instead, consumers have met the new tech with lukewarm enthusiasm, and operators are just about familiar with the idea that a Smart-Home-as-a-Service (SHaaS) as…

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