Microsoft Cortana Gets Better With Nest, Hue and SmartThings Integration

Microsoft Cortana

Microsoft Cortana has been refreshed with connected home integration with Nest, Hue, and SmartThings. According to Windows Central, the Microsoft Cortana has been updated in such a way that it provides an ability to control smart home accessories including Hue Lights and Nest thermostat.

As a user, you will be able to interact with a wide range of services such as Nest, SmartThings, Insteon, Wink, and Hueto with the help of Cortana voice commands. There are reports that Microsoft is gearing up to launch a series of smart digital speakers powered by Cortana in partnership with several companies. The first in the pipeline is the release of the Harman Kardon Cortana speaker, which is expected to simplify the lifestyle of home and businesses.

The first in the pipeline is the release of the Harman Kardon Cortana speaker, which is expected to simplify the lifestyle of home and businesses. The Harman’s Cortana speaker is currently available in Microsoft Store for $199.

That said, Microsoft has still a long way to go when Amazon has upped the ante by releasing Alexa series in countries such as India. While Apple is tipped to release HomePod in December, Google is also scheduled to launch its own speakers.

Even though all the speakers are digital, the technology used is different. While Amazon makes use of Alexa, Apple employs Siri. In case of Google, you will be able to work with Google Assistant. Microsoft Cortana is widely used in Windows 10 PCs. Hence, the launch of a dedicated speaker based on Cortana will be a step in right direction provided the pricing is set to a minimum level.

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Microsoft can’t be a silent spectator in the digital voice assistant field when other competing companies have pushed several devices. Hence, it has been highly imperative for the company to launch its own speakers to improve the productivity of users.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and currently part of MVP Reconnect program. He is also part of the prestigious ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at admin@netans.com