By now, you’ve probably seen the new GLAS. If you haven’t, you gotta check out the video tease and try not to drool. It’s gorgeous.
The new GLAS is proof that Microsoft is tired of being left behind in the booming Smart Home market. Google, Samsung, Amazon, and Apple all have a huge lead over Microsoft, but that might be about to change. There is NOT a better looking thermostat on the market than what the kids over at Microsoft and Johnson Controls have dreamed up.
The design is solid, but the elephant in the room is Cortana. Cortana is not exactly the leader in voice control or home automation. Will that change with GLAS? Maybe, but Microsoft better release other products and clearly define how they plan to play nice with other platforms and devices like Nest, SmartThings, etc.
For now, nice work Microsoft. If you launch with an IFTTT channel, I’m replace my Nest with this thermostat on day one.