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Microsoft President Wants Facial Recognition Regulated

By CE Pro Editors · July 19, 2018 • In a blog post, Microsoft president Brad Smith emplores Congress to create a bipartisan expert commision to regulate the use of facial recognition technologies.

Microsoft Adds Dolby Vision to Xbox One

By Andrew Nichols · July 16, 2018 • The Xbox One S and Xbox One X are both receiving updates to support Dolby Vision shortly, joining a small list of entertainment systems offering Dolby's latest technology.

New Microsoft Cortana-Powered Smart Thermostat GLAS Takes Aim at Nest

By Chelsea Cafiero · August 9, 2017 • Microsoft and Johnson Controls partner to create GLAS, a classy-looking smart thermostat with Microsoft Cortana voice assistant built in. It's one of the first third-party integrations for Cortana.

CE Pro 100 Names Top Design Proposal Software Brands

By Robert Archer · June 19, 2017 • D-Tools maintains its hefty CE Pro 100 dealer support. Mainstream solutions like Microsoft’s Visio, Autodesk’s AutoCAD and Intuit’s QuickBooks were also popular choices. Check out the complete list in our 2017 Brand Analysis.

CE Pro 100 Names Top Business Management Software

By Robert Archer · June 19, 2017 • Business Management Software is a new category for 2017, with Intuit driven by its ubiquitous QuickBooks leading the way. Check out the complete list in our 2017 Brand Analysis.

CE Pro 100 Names Top Gaming System Brands

By Robert Archer · June 6, 2017 • Overtaking longtime category leader Sony, Microsoft garners the top spot in the category of Gaming Systems. Check out the complete list in our 2017 Brand Analysis.

HP Works to Get Old PC Users onto Windows 10

By Robert Archer · July 28, 2015 • Millions of computer owners have bypassed the last couple of operating system updates from Microsoft, but the large manufacturer has worked with the Redmond, Wash.-based company to help these people jump into the newly released OS.

Microsoft Brags About Crestron Pyng and IoT at Computex Taipei

By Julie Jacobson · June 8, 2015 • Microsoft touted Crestron’s cloud-based Pyng home automation system for its implementation of the Azure IoT platform during Computex Taipei 2015 keynote presentation.

Insteon Gets Microsoft Cortana for Voice Controlled-Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · July 16, 2014 • In May, Microsoft announced Insteon as its first modern-day home automation partner. Now Insteon has added Microsoft's Cortana voice recognition engine to its Windows 8.1 phone app.

#TBT: A Brief History of Microsoft’s Failed Attempts at Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · May 15, 2014 • Today, Microsoft announced its latest home automation initiative -- an alliance with Insteon technology. Here's what Microsoft and tried, and failed at, in the past.

Microsoft Picks Insteon as Home Automation Partner

By Julie Jacobson · May 15, 2014 • Microsoft selects Insteon smart home devices and RF/powerline technology for its "retail entry into the connected home market;" funds development of Insteon smart home app for Windows 8 devices.

Microsoft Takes Another Stab at Home Automation, Launches Lab of Things

By Julie Jacobson · July 19, 2013 • Microsoft's Lab of Things software is collaboration tool for researchers to launch home automation trials, not necessarily a platform for commercial deployment. (Julie Jacobson/CE Pro)

Xbox One: Microsoft Debuts Next-Gen, Gesture-Controlled Console

By Grant Clauser · May 21, 2013 • Microsoft has unveiled its next-generation gaming console, the Xbox One, which uses voice and gesture control to let users play games, movies, TV, music and much more.

Microsoft Acquires Startup Home Automation Co. from Slingbox Founder

By Julie Jacobson · January 2, 2013 • Microsoft buys Blake Krikorian's id8 Group R2 Studios, Inc., developer of Android-based home automation. We have the history of Microsoft failures in home automation.

Apple Becomes All-Time Most Valuable Company

By CE Pro Editors · August 20, 2012 • Apple, Inc. became the all-time most valuable company when it surpassed $623 billion, breaking a 12-year-old record set by Microsoft on Dec. 30, 1999.

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