Microsoft challenges Nest with a Windows Smart Thermostat

Microsoft-Glas-thermostat-e1500529225584

The new thermostat, which is one letter short of a Google lawsuit, has been made in conjunction with Johnson Controls, whose history dates back to the very first electric thermostats.

"I think the Johnson Controls thermostat is a flawless example of where Microsoft sees the future of IoT: rather than building their own product, they have created all the building blocks for customers and partners to work together to stitch together industry-specific solutions that solve business challenges in real time", he said. Well we'll tell you what GLAS means.

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.

GLAS is Microsoft's new smart thermostat.

According to internal concepts, Cortana is a big part of Microsoft's plans in the smart home space, and that can be seen in the integration of Cortana's voice controls in the GLAS smart thermostat. 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.

YouTube comments are typically a cesspool of internet trolls hating the world, but take some time to look at the comments under this video, as they're nearly universally in love with this device.

As spotted by The Verge, the new device called GLAS runs on Windows 10 IoT Core, Cortana voice service, and Azure. In addition to Cortana, it will support Azure cloud services as well. This prompts to adjust its settings accordingly and is a great way to save money on energy bills.

It will use sensors to detect if there is a person in the room, and the thermostat will constantly monitor air quality both inside and outside.

GLAS's release comes after Microsoft revealed its intentions to incorporate its digital assistant into a range of smart furniture, including fridges and toasters. 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.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top No Man United offer for Perisic
Jul 21, 2017 - 00:27
United were confident of sealing a £44m deal with the Croatian winger desperate to move to Old Trafford in the transfer window. United have reiterated that the club do not want to let Martial go, with the player himself wishing to stay at Old Trafford .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Samsung Galaxy Note 8 S Pen Leaked; Could Feature Simpler Currency Conversion
Jul 21, 2017 - 00:26
Users can ask Bixby to complete simple tasks like turning on the flashlight, taking a screen shot, or taking a selfie. It will look very much like the Samsung Galaxy S8 +, which isn't a bad thing according to most.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 2 banks burnt as Policeman kills truck driver
Jul 21, 2017 - 00:17
The corpse of the dead truck driver was said to have been deposited at the Apapa General Hospital. Another version of the account said the erring mobile policeman was attached to one of the banks.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top MLB Trade: Yankees acquire Todd Frazier, David Robertson from White Sox
Jul 20, 2017 - 00:35
Clippard has been scuffling this season, but his two-year, $12.25 million contract is set to expire at the end of the season. Blake was slashing.281/.342/.391 with two home runs and 30 RBI's for the Charleston RiverDogs (Single-A) in 2017.

The Nintendo Switch Online App Just Hit the App Store
Jul 20, 2017 - 00:35
While there's not a whole lot you can do with the Switch Online app right now, here's a quick overview of how it works. You can download it from the respective app stores although the servers and, therefore, features are now unavailable.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Evacuations canceled for North Fire in Happy Valley - currently, six acres burned
Jul 20, 2017 - 00:34
Fighting the fire is being hampered by high winds and hot temperatures , officials said, which climbed into the 90s on Wednesday. The Tower and Grade fires on the Cuesta Grade and the Hill Fire east of Santa Margarita were all started by cars.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Lucky Whitehead posts stolen dog Blitz is 'home safely'
Jul 19, 2017 - 00:18
The important thing is Lucky Whitehead's dog is back which can only mean today will be a cornucopia of happy news. Whitehead posted a short Snapchat video early Tuesday morning that showed Blitz reunited with his owner unharmed.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Monsoon session of Parliament begins
Jul 18, 2017 - 00:08
On Kashmir, the Opposition feels the government has mishandled both the internal situation and the engagement with Pakistan. He said, GST shows the good that can be achieved when all parties come together and work for the nation.

Rand Paul delivers sobering update on status of Senate's Obamacare replacement bill
Jul 17, 2017 - 18:50
Two Republicans , Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of ME , have already said they'll vote against the measure. Cornyn also argued the current bills reported unpopularity with voters is because " all they hear is the critics".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tour de France 2017: stage 15
Jul 17, 2017 - 18:49
In kph, the average speed of stage victor Bauke Mollema in the last 30km of the stage after the Dutchman went solo. It left the LottoNL-Jumbo rider 6 minutes 39 seconds behind general classification leader Chris Froome .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Iranian genius mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani dies aged 40
Jul 16, 2017 - 00:25
Mirzakhani was drawn to mathematics while in high school in Iran's capital, Tehran, where she grew up. In a 2014 interview with the Guardian , she described the excitement and challenge of mathematics.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Afghan girls robotics team arrives in Kabul
Jul 16, 2017 - 00:24
A student team from Gambia also was granted visas last week after initially being rejected. AP reports that girls had been deeply disappointed by the initial rejections.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Woeful White Ferns crash out of World Cup
Jul 16, 2017 - 00:16
Only three New Zeland batswomen made it to double figures with vice captain Amy Satterthwaite top scoring on 26. A section of the Indian fans during India's match against New Zealand in the Women's World Cup at Derby .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Beyonce Shares The First Photo Of Her Twins-With Names!
Jul 15, 2017 - 00:11
Beyonce is wearing a flowing garment with a long veil in the photo and standing in front a flowered arch with the sea behind her. Beyonce's latest post comes after Jay admitted earlier this week that his marriage "wasn't totally built on 100 per cent truth".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Big names threaten Noren's defence of Scottish Open
Jul 15, 2017 - 00:11
And again, it's just putting it all together, not just for one day but for four days and to do it week-in and week-out. Harrington, 45, moved to nine under par after a second-round 68, level with Callum Shinkwin and Alexander Knappe.