A worthy rival at last
Home Hub will also come with always-on Cortana to receive your voice commands at any given time. This is a much desired feature among modern day devices, and is found on home assistant devices like
Another aspect of Home Hub will be its compatibility with smart home products like lights and other appliances. It is said that as soon as your smart devices are connected to the same home network, Home Hub will automatically recognize them, thus allowing you to control their functioning right from the Windows 10 machine.
While Microsoft claims that Home Hub will be compatible with existing Windows 10 computers, there is increased emphasis on manufacturers creating dedicated hardware for Home Hub. This is because large touchscreen based Windows 10 machines will be ideally suited for Home Hub given its family appeal. Some parts of Home Hub are expected to be sent out next year in the form of the Windows 10 Creators Update. However, the majority of its features will only be sent out by 2018 with the Redstone 3 and Redstone 4 updates.
So there’s still some time left for Microsoft to send out Home Hub to its users, and waiting another year and a half is certainly not going to be easy. Given the kind of advancements that Amazon has made with Echo and Alexa, Microsoft will have to seriously up its game to remain competitive in the industry.