It turns out that if you’re a really big fan of Microsoft’s smart assistant that you’ll soon have an even more robust option than the Cortana-powered smart speaker from Harman Kardon. What you’re looking at here is Microsfot HomeHub, which effectively turns a Windows 10 PC into a super powerful Amazon Echo.

Screenshots have been obtained by The Verge that illustrate some of this functionality. Just like the new Amazon Echo Show announced yesterday, a Microsoft HomeHub will feature a display… except it’s really more like an all-in-one PC powered by Windows 10.

You get a shared desktop, a shared welcome screen, and a shared calendar. These Microsoft HomeHub products, which will reportedly be built and sold by a number of brands (including Lenovo and HP), are meant to be placed in a common areas in your family’s home. This way, everyone can use it to control smart home devices, check when Sally has soccer practice, and add to the grocery list for the weekend.

The “always-on” digital corkboard becomes the technological equivalent of the notepad stuck to the fridge door. Use it for notes and to-do lists, for example. And since it’s a “real” PC, you can also use it to surf the web, watch videos, make Skype calls, and take advantage of Cortana voice commands from anywhere in the room.


And you don’t need to buy a new product to use HomeHub either, as it will be rolled into the September update to Windows 10. Of course, this seems to make the most sense with a touch-enabled all-in-one PC. It has not yet been determined whether HomeHub will work the lighter-weight Windows 10 S, but I don’t see why not.

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