Speculations suggest that Microsoft is working on its future “HomeHub” feature for Windows 10 users, a software that would work as a direct competitor of voice-controlled speakers like the Amazon Echo
As the practice of using smart-home controllers continues to increase with each passing year, it seems that Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows platform is trying its level best to join the race. Speculations by Engadget revealed that the tech giant is currently working on a “HomeHub” feature for its Windows 10 platform; a medium that will directly compete with smart-speakers rolled out by Amazon and Google in the past.
With plans to launch the update for Windows 10 in three stages of 2017 and 2018, Microsoft’s feature will enable supporting PCs to work as smart-home controllers for connected devices. Since many users have gotten accustomed to using a separate speaker device integrated with voice-recognition technology to control their smart-appliances, it appears that HomeHub has the potential to turn any PC into a controller with help from the company’s Cortana voice-assistant.
We believe that the debut of Amazon’s Echo speaker in 2014 has been a vital asset to trigger growth for the smart-home industry. Thanks to the retail giant’s voice-controlled speaker, many users have gotten used to controlling their smart-home devices by simple voice-commands, helping Amazon’s “pillar” grow fervently in competitive markets.
Subsequently, Echo’s presence in markets has led to the launch of Google’s recent Google Home speaker, which also works in a manner similar to the Echo. Considering that tech giants have started to diversify upon their line-up of hardware devices and focus more on developing smart-speakers, it is evident that the HomeHub hopes to offer something new to customers with their PCs. Since users connected to the PCs can make use of the feature, it is highly probable that the feature’s roll out will be a hit among existing Windows 10 users.
Users will be able to perform a range of tasks including sharing apps, calendar appointments, and other data without requiring a log-in ID. According to the tech giant, its upcoming feature will help “crush” competition triggered from Amazon and Google’s speaker devices, and help initiate a new trend altogether.
Even though former speculations suggested at the potential release of the HomeHub at Microsoft’s Surface hardware event in October, it seems that the company hopes to take some more time to perfect its future update. With these updates, dubbed as Redstone 2, 3 and 4, there is a chance that the company hopes to offer distinctive features in three different phases. Currently, Microsoft is still in the planning stage for the features.