The only thing smarter than a voice assistant is having it be able to control more than just your phone. Home automation is clearly part one of Google’s major plans for the future when acquiring a company like Nest, but it’s hard to predict how far away that project is. A company that’s already hard at work on a finalized product is Microsoft, and rumors even talk about Cortana being part of the deal.
Microsoft Asia is reportedly working with an un-named, multi-national smart home giant on bringing us some voice-controled home automation. The report claims that Microsoft is working hard on improving the accuracy of Cortana in Chinese in order to make this possible. There are still no dates mentioned in the report, but the source claims that the service is already capable of controlling home lights, so there’s clearly a lot of progress already.
Windows Phone is sadly not as big in China as it is in other markets, so this is a great opportunity for Microsoft to land some extra market share. Microsoft has already partnered with Insteon for something similar, but the source claims that this service will also expand outside of Asia at some point.