Windows 10 Cortana Smart Home Controls Arrive For Harman Kardon Invoke AI Smart Speaker

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While companies like Amazon and Google are angling to put more devices into your living spaces to create a smart home revolution with the Amazon Echo and Google Home Mini, Microsoft is looking to counterpunch with its own Cortana service. A new report indicates that Microsoft has added a new "Connected Home" section to the Cortana Notebook.

This new integration was first reported by Windows Central, which says that Connected Home allows users to tap into five services at the moment: Wink, Insteon, Nest, SmartThings and Hue. Of course, you will need to sign-in to each respective service to enable voice control functionality with your various smart devices.

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Connected Home is coming online just ahead of the October 17th official rollout of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The Fall Creators Update will implement Microsoft's new Fluent Design language and will serve as the launching point for Windows Mixed Reality devices like the Samsung HMD Odyssey. You can also expect feature improvements (like OneDrive On-Demand) and beefed up security across the board.

We're fast approaching the launch of the “Invoke” Cortana-powered Smart AI speaker, which is produced by Harman Kardon. "At the heart of Invoke is Cortana, your personal digital assistant, helping you stay on top of what’s important. Enhance every moment with captivating sound, voice control your music and smart home, make and receive hands-free calls with Skype, get answers to your questions, and more," said Harman Kardon when announcing the device back in May.

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The Harman Kardon briefly made an appearance earlier this week on the Microsoft Store before the listing was removed. However, the premature listing revealed that the smart speaker will be available on October 22nd with a price tag of $199.95 in Graphite or Pearl Silver.