Microsoft shares pre-order details for the $319 Cortana thermostat

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Microsoft shares pre-order details for the $319 Cortana thermostat

The new thermostat, dubbed GLAS, uses Microsoft's own voice-activated assistant Cortana. Well, now it can now warm up your house.

Microsoft and Johnson Controls have announced an official release date for GLAS, a smart thermostat featuring Microsoft Cortana, and powered by Windows 10 IoT Core, Microsoft's operating system optimized for smaller devices.

GLAS will be on display at CES 2018, coming up January 9-12. The device, which will be available for pre-order in March, can be controlled via smartphone app, a touchscreen on the thermostat itself and through voice commands to Cortana. This smart home device was first unveiled a year ago and it features a translucent touchscreen display.

With Cortana, you can change the temperature, mode, and state, along with get a report on the current temperature and air quality. That's a steep price even in the context of smart thermostats from rivals like the Nest Learning thermostat, which costs $249/£279 (around AU$317), but in this case looks are every bit as part of the appeal as function. "Cortana can help you manage your calendar, inform you of traffic, answer questions, and more, so all of this information is on display in one place to help jumpstart your day before leaving the door", Microsoft explained. GLAS will track indoor and outdoor air quality and then adjust temperatures accordingly. It's also compatible with virtually all types of 24VAC heating and cooling systems, so you should be able to install it in your home or office with few complications. Today, the makers of the thermostat, Johnson Controls, are revealing more details for the thermostat, with pre-orders set to open this March for $319.

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