Microsoft has just added a much-awaited feature to its digital assistant Cortana on Windows 10. This feature is apparently available on both mobile and desktop version. This new feature is called "Connected Home".
Users can find this feature on the Cortana Notebook settings menu. With this feature, users will be able to control a number of smart home devices from various manufacturers via voice commands. First spotted by the publication called Windows Central, "Connected Home" feature supports Alphabet's Nest devices as well as products that support Samsung's SmartThings platform.
Furthermore, it can even control devices from Wink, Insteon, and Hue. It's not clear at the moment if this new feature will be rolled out to Microsoft's Cortana apps on Android and iOS.
There is a possibility that Microsoft has now introduced the Connected Home feature because it is gearing up for the release of Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker. For those who are not aware, Microsoft had already announced the speaker earlier which will be coming with Cortana as its digital assistant.
If this is the case, then we will get to see the Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker pretty soon. It is expected to take on the likes of Google Home and Amazon Echo, which have been there in the market for some time now. That being said, we should point out that Microsoft itself has not issued any official announcement regarding this matter.
Meanwhile, Google has also launched a mini version of the Google Home smart speaker on Wednesday. Those who are pre-ordering the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, will be getting the Google Home Mini for free.