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Microsoft working on own Cortana smart speaker, to rival Amazon, Google and Apple

Microsoft working on own Cortana smart speaker, to rival Amazon, Google and Apple

By Rik Henderson

Microsoft is clearly feeling left out in the smart speaker wars. While Apple, Amazon and Google, with HomePod, Echo and Home respectively, have their own-brand devices, Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant is largely anonymous in the space.The only one... Read more

Huge Harman Kardon Invoke sale: Cortana speaker is now 50% off

Huge Harman Kardon Invoke sale: Cortana speaker is now 50% off

By Elyse Betters

Those of you who want to try Microsoft's assistant outside of your PC will be happy to hear that the Harman Kardon Invoke is now half off.The smart speaker, which debuted last year with a $230 price tag, currently costs $108 on Amazon (US), a 53-per cent... Read more

Microsoft wants you to use Cortana - so it added IFTTT integration

Microsoft wants you to use Cortana - so it added IFTTT integration

By Elyse Betters

Despite all of Microsoft's efforts, its Cortana assistant is just not as ubiquitous as Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, or Google Assistant.It seems like every new smart home device or appliance in the market supports just about every assistant, except for... Read more

Microsoft confirms Cortana isn't going anywhere, will appear in more devices in 2018

Microsoft confirms Cortana isn't going anywhere, will appear in more devices in 2018

By Max Langridge

With all the new product announcements at CES 2018 that incorporate Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, you may be wondering where Microsoft Cortana has gone.We recently saw it appear in the gorgeous Johnson Controls JCI Glas thermostat and Qualcomm has... Read more

You can pre-order that beautiful GLAS Cortana thermostat in March

You can pre-order that beautiful GLAS Cortana thermostat in March

By Elyse Betters

Look out, Nest. Microsoft is coming at you with its own Cortana-powered thermostat, and it'll be available for preorder this spring.Microsoft announced last summer that it partnered with Johnson Controls on a thermostat called GLAS. The company previewed... Read more

Microsoft HomeHub for Windows 10 wants to be your smart home control centre

Microsoft HomeHub for Windows 10 wants to be your smart home control centre

By Max Langridge

Microsoft appears to be planning its own rival to the likes of Amazon Echo and Apple HomeKit, in the form of HomeHub. The smart home control feature, or at least the first stages of it, will become part of Windows 10, possibly in the next update due in... Read more