More bad news for Microsoft’s Cortana as Johnson Controls’ GLAS Smart Thermostat nixes support

One of the few good house gadgets to supply full-on Cortana integration is dropping it in favor of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Owners of Johnson Controls’ GLAS Smart Thermostat realized this week by way of electronic mail that an upcoming software program replace for the glossy gadget, which is powered by Microsoft’s Windows 10 IoT working system, is slated to deactivate its Cortana support.

The transfer means folks utilizing the snazzy-looking thermostat might want to swap to Alexa or Google Assistant in the event that they wish to management it with voice instructions.

In our evaluation of the GLAS Smart Thermostat final fall, reviewer Jason D’Aprile referred to as his expertise in utilizing Cortana to regulate the gadget “decidedly odd,” with Cortana failing to grasp a few of our most elementary cooling requests.

“Johnson Controls was wise to make the GLAS compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant as well as Cortana, so you ultimately don’t need to worry if Cortana is up to par,” D’Aprile concluded.

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Johnson Controls’ GLAS good thermostat is shedding support for Cortana, however gaining a couple of new options, as detailed in an electronic mail the corporate despatched to its prospects.

While the lack of Cortana would possibly rankle GLAS homeowners who purchased the thermostat particularly due to its Cortana integration, the news doesn’t come as a lot of a shock.

Indeed, Cortana’s future has appeared unsure over the previous a number of months, significantly after the departure of a key Cortana product lead and feedback from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hinting that Cortana is perhaps “better off” as merely a “valuable skill” for customers of Alexa or Google Assistant.

Meanwhile, a latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build allowed customers to speak to Alexa on their Windows 10 lock screens reasonably than Cortana.

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