Microsoft Reveals GLAS Cortana Powered Thermostat

Posted July 22, 2017

Neither Microsoft nor Johnson Controls said whether the thermostat will be sold to consumers in the United Kingdom or USA, or how much it will cost. However, Microsoft GLAS is not the first thermostat to come with smart assistant and voice recognition tech. Much like the Nest, the Glas thermostat wants to be able to save you energy (and therefore money) by proactively changing its settings based on its environment.

Unveiled in a YouTube video Thursday, GLAS (pronounced "glass") is the result of a partnership between Microsoft and Johnson Controls, a maker of HVAC, fire, and security systems.

The latest company to enter the smart thermostat arena is Microsoft.

Powered by Windows IoT Core, Cortana voice activation and Microsoft Azure, the thermostat is intelligent while also being gorgeous. Along with this, it will have the Cortana voice assistant installed in the device in order to take commands from the user and act accordingly. It also comes with a touchscreen display that allows you to check the temperature, air quality, energy usage, and even calendar information. Last year, Microsoft said it would open up access to Cortana in order to bring out more IoT devices at a quicker rate.

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The device runs Windows 10 IoT Core, a version of Redmond's operating system optimized for smaller devices, and is powered by the company's Azure cloud services.

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.

The design of Microsoft's GLAS is similar to that of devices from Google's Nest and Hive in the United Kingdom, but its voice activation feature is its main differentiator.

Despite numerous initiatives created to boost adoption, including making the platform available free of charge for single-board computers like the Raspberry Pi, commercial adoption of Windows 10 IoT Core has been slow-to-nonexistent.