Microsoft Is Building An Operating System To Run Your House

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Microsoft has found the one last area that doesn’t have an operating system: Your house. To fix that, Microsoft researchers have developed HomeOS.Seriously.

This is like a back-to-the-future kind of thing. Microsoft had talked up the smart home about a decade ago.  The idea is to let you to control everything in your house through your smartphone or a PC: turn on lights, check your security cameras, adjust the temp on the fridge, program your TV.

This is like the ultimate home remote and that’s kind of cool. But people aren’t really dying to automate this stuff. It’s not that much of a problem to turn on the light switch as you move around the house. Other stuff  —  like setting your DVR — already have their own apps.

It is testing HomeOS in about a dozen homes, researchers say.

If HomeOS can one day do our dishes and our laundry, we’ll be standing in line for it.

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