Microsoft GLAS: Redmond giant shows off Cortana-powered smart thermostat

Microsoft’s thermostat

Microsoft is partnering with Johnson Controls to build a thermostat. It's built by Johnson Controls, makers of the first electric room thermostat.

Judging from the video, Microsoft appears to be marketing the GLAS thermostat to businesses and commercial groups, since it is powered by Azure. Here's everything you need to know.

"As the inventors of the first thermostat, Johnson Controls has innovated once again with GLAS". "Beyond the GLAS product, there is a tremendous opportunity brewing that goes beyond simple device integration and provides natural, human interaction with smart devices". Cortana is the artificial intelligence voice assistant that is available in all the major Microsoft devices.

GLAS will run on Microsoft's specialist IoT software - Windows 10 IoT Core, and will also come with Cortana's voice recognition system included, meaning you should be able to control the device using voice commands. It has a translucent display, a touchscreen and, of course, it cooperates with Cortana which means that it will be able to automatically change its settings to suit your whereabouts.


Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant is making the jump from computers and smartphones to the Internet of Things. They can also adjust the conditions while they are away and even monitor the amount of energy they are saving. According to what the video shows, GLAS has multiple sensors which can detect when people are in the room. In addition to Cortana, it will support Azure cloud services as well.

GLAS's release comes after Microsoft revealed its intentions to incorporate its digital assistant into a range of smart furniture, including fridges and toasters.

The design of Microsoft's GLAS is similar to that of devices from Google's Nest and Hive in the United Kingdom, but its voice activation feature is its main differentiator.

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