Microsoft has announced a partnership with smart home specialist Insteon and will be launching an enhanced version of the Insteon app on 1 June 2014, which will be available for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 devices.
The app allows users to set up lighting scenes, schedule lights to automatically turn on and off, and monitor their homes via wireless cameras from any mobile device. The Insteon app will include exclusive new features on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 that aim to make home automation easier, including status updates through live tiles and multi-house support that enables users to control multiple homes or businesses from a single account.
Following the launch of the app on 1 June, Insteon connected home products will also be available for purchase on MicrosoftStore.com and sold in most Microsoft Stores across the US by early July, which will mark Microsoft’s retail entry into the connected home market.
“The Windows 8.1 platform provided Insteon with an unparalleled opportunity to develop a beautiful and easy-to-use connected home experience. The live tile architecture is especially well-suited for home automation,” said Joe Dada, CEO, Insteon. “Users are going to love controlling their Insteon-connected home from their Windows devices.”
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