Microsoft challenges Nest with a Windows Smart Thermostat

Johnson Controls GLAS Thermostat Runs Windows 10 IoT Core and Cortana and is Beautiful

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.

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