1. the_moesiah's Avatar
    Microsoft doesn't have any smart home products (aside from the thermostat that requires you to take it a second mortgage to buy it), so what exactly can I do with their Internet is Things protocol?
    09-09-2018 12:33 PM
  2. xandros9's Avatar
    I think it's more for manufacturers of IoT gadgets to build a product upon.
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    09-09-2018 10:20 PM
  3. the_moesiah's Avatar
    I think it's more for manufacturers of IoT gadgets to build a product upon.
    I guess that really gets the point of my question better than I did.

    Are there any Windows IoT products? Is Microsoft doing anything from the consumer market that doesn't involve Xbox or Surface?
    09-10-2018 12:48 AM
  4. Drael646464's Avatar
    Yeah, it's not a protocol, it's an operating system. So you use windows 10 IoT to build out say, a smart watch, or smart thermostat (is it really expensive smartglass? I was real curious about that is it's the only thermostat that also measures air quality and uses outside weather data. Also a thermostat is like one of the only close to useful products in this genre that I can see. :/ if so) using windows 10. It can use cortana. It's for manufacturers, and perhaps also for tinkerers.


    Smart devices don't specifically have to RUN the operating system they work with, they merely need to be compatible. There's no smart lightbulb running ios for example. They don't need to be made by the makers of the operating system either.

    There is a small, but fairly comprehensive range of smart devices that work with windows and cortana, such as ecobee and phillips hue. There's a list somewhere on the blog page of this website that covers a lot of them. The harmon kardon speaker is noteworthy as the only windows based speaker.


    Most things can be done, but you need to sort of design or pick whatever you are using for windows. That said, even with ios and android, you get stuff that is exclusive, so it's really not like you can just pick any smart device and not be mindful of what it works with.

    There are propriety smart hub systems like Samsung, and apple - but probably the majority of smart stuff has some level of multiple OS/protocol compatibility.
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    09-10-2018 07:57 PM
  5. Ahoiiiiiiii's Avatar
    Microsoft doesn't have any smart home products (aside from the thermostat that requires you to take it a second mortgage to buy it), so what exactly can I do with their Internet is Things protocol?
    You pretend that Microsoft already has the hardware together for an ecosystem that addresses the developers that Microsoft needs for this ecosystem. It brings Apple and Google no more, that today they already use this field smart home with apps. It's all going to change. Wait. I miss your vision.
    09-17-2018 12:08 PM
  6. DontBeEvil10's Avatar
    Microsoft doesn't have any smart home products (aside from the thermostat that requires you to take it a second mortgage to buy it), so what exactly can I do with their Internet is Things protocol?
    as usual they lost another train, after smart tv and in car entertainment
    09-18-2018 08:34 AM
  7. Wevenhuis's Avatar
    I don't think Windows IoT can do much for mainstream consumers. I think it might have it's value in certain businesses. As an example the GLAS theramostat has a lot of features that other "smart" thermosstats also have. I might be able to pull in weather data into the app and have a few more sensors. But with the latter I can imagine the compeition quickly filling in that gap. For me tieing into windows services and apps and being able to use Cortana voice would be reasons for me to use it as a consumer. Not sure how the former is, but Cortana language and region support is still poor, which for me means that windows 10 iot doesn't have value at this point in time. It is not a topic of conversation beyond that fact of the problem of Cortana not having an adequate language and region support to make it valuable in the practical and real world use. It remains a nice idea though.
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