Microsoft HomeHub is an alternative software to Amazon Echo and Google Home.

April 5, 2022 0 Comments

HomeHub will work better with All-in-One and 2-in-1 as they offer touchscreen support.

Microsoft is working to create a HomeHub feature in future versions of Windows 10 to compete with Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa-enabled speakers. Microsoft’s HomeHub is still in the planning stages and is expected to arrive with updates between 2017 and 2018.

With HomeHub, Microsoft not only wants to compete with Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa-enabled Echo, but also wants to make it an integral feature with Windows 10. WindowsCentral reports that HomeHub will be a software feature that will be released in late 2017 with the Redstone 3 update. The introduction of Cortana, which is accessible from the lockscreen, shows signs of its development.

Earlier rumors hinted that HomeHub would be a dedicated device but now it looks like Microsoft will make it a software feature on almost every Windows 10 device. Windows Central, however, notes that HomeHub will work better with All-in-One and 2-in-1 because they offer touchscreen support. Microsoft is also integrating pen and ink support.

Microsoft’s HomeHub can also get design elements from Project Neon, a new design language designed for Windows 10. The focus here is on introducing Blur and Cleaner user interfaces. Along with HomeHub, Microsoft’s Cortana has a major role to play Like Google Assistant and Alexa, Cortana will always listen to commands and perform functions such as reminders, appointments, weather, news, jokes, open apps, and more.

HomeHub’s Cortana will be different from Windows 10’s Cortana and the icon will be surrounded by orange instead of the standard blue. “Microsoft is looking to make Cortana more family-oriented by understanding family identity,” says WindowsCentral.

With HomeHub, Microsoft’s main focus is on building a family ecosystem. With Windows 10 in the core, Microsoft wants users to enable family accounts with privacy controls and app sharing. With the emergence of the smart home industry as a major trend, Microsoft was largely non-existent. Led by Google and Amazon, Microsoft would not want to be left behind.

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