Microsoft wants to get in on the growing connected home and business industry and today it was revealed that the company has entered into a partnership with one of the leading organizations in this field, Insteon.
The company announced today that it will launch Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone apps in June that will offer consumers a way to automatically monitor their security and energy use. These features include a way to schedule when lights turn on and off, a way to notify users if a door or windows opens or closes and more.
In addition, the Windows 8.1 app will offer some exclusive features, such as Live Tile notifications on several devices, a way to monitor multiple homes and businesses with one account and more.
Insteon also announced that its hardware devices for home and business will be sold in Microsoft's retail stores in early July, in special packaging to emphasize their Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone support. Insteon says the stores will sell Starter, Home and Business kits with pricing that starts at $199. It also will sell five stand alone products in Microsoft Stores (Leak Sensor, Open/Close Sensor, LED Bulb, On/Off Module and Wireless Wi-Fi Camera) for prices ranging for $29.99 to $79.99.
Source: Insteon | Image via Insteon