While the IoT and the smart home continue to remain the talk of the town with Google and Apple all jumping on the bandwagon, software powerhouse Windows is also eager to get its share of the pie by putting Windows 10 at the center of smart homes.
Just this week, the Thread Group and the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) announced that the two alliances will work together in their mission to advance the adoption of connected home products, a positive footing for Windows, who is also a member of the OCF alliance.
Earlier this year, Windows said its vision is to make home automation a breeze in Windows 10, featuring several related Internet-of-things announcements during the Build conference.
Using Cortana, the company wants to enable its users to switch on a light, or open a door through voice command. And with the two alliances now joining hands, it means that devices running Windows 10 will be able to connect with most smart home products. The alliance will also help Windows 10 devices natively support and communicate with products from companies like Nest Labs.
Launched in 2014, Cortana mainly competes against assistants such as Apple's Siri and Google's Google Now.
Microsoft's plan is to integrate OCF protocols – to be released in 2017 – into Windows 10, which will ultimately bring the Thread Group protocols and network transports to Windows 10.
But what remains to be seen is how Windows will embrace the smart home by enabling developers to leverage a wide variety of Microsoft services and applications for the IoT.