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Microsoft unveils pre-order information on the Windows 10 GLAS thermostat

12 January 2018

It will be interesting to see if the Cortana-powered smart thermostat can compete with similar products that work with Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri. Well, now it can now warm up your house.

Microsoft and Johnson Controls today debuted a new smart thermostat called GLAS that includes Cortana and runs on the Windows 10 IoT platform.

GLAS will be on display at CES 2018, coming up January 9-12.

The device, made through a partnership with Johnson Controls, will be available for pre-order for $319 (around £235/AU$406) beginning in March.

GLAS is powered by a Windows 10 IoT Core and features a gorgeous translucent touch display.

With Cortana, you can change the temperature, mode, and state, along with get a report on the current temperature and air quality.

Meanwhile there's also integration with various health metrics, using a bevy of sensors within the thermostat itself.

The thermostat can learn your preferred settings and your daily routine, intelligently detecting when the user is home and adjust the temperature accordingly. Cortana can check traffic, take a look at the weather, answer questions, tell you about your calendar and more.

It's likely that the design will prove the most striking part of the GLAS' appeal, of course. It'll be compatible with gas, oil, and electric heating, along with ground-, air-, and water-source heat pumps, and has dual-fuel support for heat pumps. It appears the thermostat will be available in the US, UK and Australia.

A rather lovely and futuristic looking OLED glass touchscreen displays a neat and slick user interface which offers one way to interact with the thermostat, but it can also be controlled with voice commands.

Microsoft unveils pre-order information on the Windows 10 GLAS thermostat