Microsoft partners with home automation specialist Insteon

By Shawn Knight
May 16, 2014
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  1. If nothing else, Google's $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest earlier this year was expected to light a fire under the competition in the home automation space. It would appear those expectations have been met as Microsoft recently announced a partnership...

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,831   +707

    It's a lot cheaper to discover the power of switching on/off lights, locking/unlocking doors myself and I'll stick with that for a long time to come.
  3. You know, in just about every article mentioning something new you post some cynical self appreciating statement. If its not console games that you proclaim to avoid, its things like this. Geez man, if you're not interested in the latest tech and have no desire to get the latest stuff, and choose instead to stick with good old elbow grease, as you so elegantly put it, or stick with some pc you built 5 years ago as you still believe its good enough, then why are you even on this site? Are you here just to state what you're NOT going to be doing, or are you here to read up and post constructive argument on the technology itself? Or you could simply rattle on about how we don't need any of this, proclaim the error of our ways, and revert to days gone past of actually getting up, walking over, and physically change the channel on our TV's?
    Bubbajim and HellcatM like this.
  4. HellcatM

    HellcatM Newcomer, in training Posts: 32

    I have to say this is great news! From what I heard the Nest products aren't really that great. So this is really good that Microsoft went in with a reputable company. The price isn't that bad either, but installation is probably expensive.
  5. drjekel_mrhyde

    drjekel_mrhyde Newcomer, in training Posts: 86

    If it's anything like the Comcast thing it shouldn't be hard for anyone to do it. I watched the tech put my cousin's security system in and it took around 10 minutes to install and 5 to get everything up to par. A thermostat might be the hardest(a whole connecting 3 wires hard).
  6. HellcatM

    HellcatM Newcomer, in training Posts: 32

    And that 15 minutes cost about $100 right?
  7. pmcardle

    pmcardle Newcomer, in training Posts: 68   +9

    I have a Nest (1st gen) and it works flawlessly; I think it's a great device but I suspect others haven't had the same experience. I like the hardware in this article too. Unlike the Nest, it has a lot more options.
  8. pmcardle

    pmcardle Newcomer, in training Posts: 68   +9

    Nicely said, I couldn't agree more...
  9. HellcatM

    HellcatM Newcomer, in training Posts: 32

    I heard it had some issues, forgot what they were. Also I just read this http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/21/go...and-more/?ncid=rss&source=gravity&cps=gravity

    If its true, ads on your thermostat and other thing would get really annoying.


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