07. April 2016 · Comments Off on Microsoft puts Windows 10, Cortana at the center of smart homes · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Are you too lazy to open the door or switch on a light? Let Windows 10 and its Cortana voice-activated digital assistant do the job for you.Microsoft’s vision is to make home automation a breeze in Windows 10, and the company featured several related Internet of Things announcements at its ongoing Build conference.Windows 10 will work with a wider range of devices and appliances by integrating new Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) protocols, scheduled to be released in 2017. Additionally, Cortana will allow users to easily automate tasks using a Windows PC, mobile device, Xbox console, or Raspberry Pi 3.

Source: Microsoft puts Windows 10, Cortana at the center of smart homes | InfoWorld

12. January 2016 · Comments Off on Microsoft shows how the Internet of Things can actually be interesting  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

For how excited everyone at CES is about the Internet of Things, most examples of it have tended to be pretty boring. They’re dry suggestions of how you might start up music, play with your refrigerator, or hook up some weather sensor — all key parts of the smart home, but not something you’d necessarily get excited about. But Microsoft is doing things differently. In a bright spot in the middle of Samsung’s Internet of Things keynote this morning, Microsoft’s Bryan Roper came out to demo how Windows is integrating with smart home platforms to present data about your home.

Source: Microsoft shows how the Internet of Things can actually be interesting | The Verge

11. January 2016 · Comments Off on Microsoft and Samsung collaborate for Internet of Things (IoT) demonstration at CES 2016 · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

At CES in Las Vegas, Microsoft collaborated with Samsung to demonstrate scenarios enabled by the company’s vision for the Internet of Things (IoT) with Windows 10.The demonstration was conducted by Microsoft’s Bryan Roper who appeared alongside Terry Myerson and asked Cortana a series of natural language queries related to various Samsung IoT appliances including refrigerators, televisions, and washing machines. Roper notably used Samsung’s new Galaxy TabPro S laptop revealed earlier this week for the demonstration.

Source: Microsoft and Samsung collaborate for Internet of Things (IoT) demonstration at CES 2016

08. December 2015 · Comments Off on Microsoft’s home automation software: HomeOS · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Microsoft’s Research arm, which spends much of its time pursuing “moonshot” projects, created a home automation software product before both Apple and Google did, but never capitalised on the idea. The software, named HomeOS, was just that: an operating system for the home. The website is still available to view (but hasn’t been updated since 2012), complete with demo videos that show something that it had real potential and is very similar to today’s products.

Source: Microsoft’s home automation software: HomeOS – Business Insider

23. November 2015 · Comments Off on Microsoft helps accelerate IoT with new OpenFog Consortium  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Rich Internet of Things (IoT) applications distribute application logic between the cloud and remote devices. Some IoT application logic is best suited for remote devices at the edge of the network, such as first order filtering and batching of data, while other IoT application logic is best suited for cloud, such as rich analytics and insights over aggregate data – as well as controlling and updating remote devices.

Source: Microsoft helps accelerate IoT with new OpenFog Consortium | Internet of Things