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Microsoft to launch Windows 10 home hub in September

William Payne
May 18, 2017
 

Microsoft is reported to be building a new interface onto Windows 10 as part of its efforts to turn the PC operating system into a home hub that can compete with rival products from Amazon and Google. The new interface will include always on digital corkboards designed to let family members create to-do lists or check each other's calendars. The new system will also support a range of home and family oriented Cortana voice commands.

Microsoft announced that it was building home hub features into Windows 10 in December last year. The company is hoping to bring the new version of its operating system to market in September this year.

The new version will support third party home devices. Users will be able to manage and control their individual home devices from a single interface in Windows 10, according to Microsoft insiders.

Third party devices that will be supported include Philips Hue lights, Google affiliate Nest, Wink, SmartThings and Insteon.

Microsoft is reported to be working with PC makers such as HP and Lenovo to build new home PC devices as well as redesigning existing PCs and laptops to accommodate the home hub features offered by September's Windows 10 version.

Major Windows PC makers are expected to have new designs in the run-up to Christmas that will incorporate the home hub interface and control features.