If you have Insteon gear set up in your home (a fair number of people do) and you also are toting a Microsoft handset (a smaller number) then you can control your home via voice command using Microsoft’s Cortana personal digital assistant. Since I’m a huge fan of voice control in the home, and we’re likely to see HomeKit apps controlled via Siri and Nest controlled via Google’s “Okay, Google” commands in the near term, this integration isn’t a surprise. Insteon and Microsoft had teamed up already, with Microsoft selling Insteon gear in its stores and an Insteon releasing an app for Windows Phone 8.1. And that app is now how you get the voice control via Cortana. Options for control include lighting, locking and unlocking doors, opening and closing a garage door and adjusting the thermostat both remotely and inside the home.

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