Microsoft Unveils Beautiful Cortana-Powered "GLAS" Thermostat

Microsoft Unveils Beautiful Cortana-Powered

Partners are applauding Microsoft's Internet of Things strategy after the company said Thursday that it is partnering with Johnson Controls to build a connected thermostat.

Microsoft has announced its entry into the smart office market with the launch of a new thermostat. It's possible GLAS is meant to show you what you can do, and it might be an indication that you'll soon be seeing a lot more smart gadgets featuring Cortana.

As per Microsoft's video, the thermostat is ideal for homes, businesses, offices, and rooms where smart atmospheric controls can function. It is Microsoft's first home thermostat, which can be managed using its virtual assistant. The article highlights the fact that with Cortana embedded into the smart thermostat, users do not need to speak to a smartphone or smart speaker to change temperatures, a feature that will give it an edge over its competitors.

GLAS runs on the Windows 10 IoT Core and Microsoft cloud computing service Azure.

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The device will feature Cortana for voice controls and it will monitor the indoor and outdoor air quality and will be able to detect when you are in the room. It has a touchscreen interface, and of course you can issue voice commands to Cortana, though Microsoft did not go into great detail here. The digital voice assistant is now used by more than 145 million monthly active users. Apple has HomeKit, which controls lights and electronics remotely, while Amazon and Google offer various voice-activated devices created to make daily chores a bit easier.

Smart thermostats also, of course, use cloud intelligence to figure out how to optimally adjust your home's environment and the GLAS does this too.

'Johnson Controls is reinventing the thermostat and our lives'.

Rival smart thermostats like the Nest, Hive, and Netatmo devices are now commonplace but this new device looks somewhat slicker, and that's before we get into the capabilities.