Windows 10 and Cortana to integrate with Internet of Things devices from early next year

Microsoft has announced upcoming Windows 10 and Cortana support for a range of smart home tech.

From early next year, Windows 10 will work with an expanded number of devices thanks to its recent support of Open Connectivity Foundation protocols, and Cortana should enable users to instruct their devices from PCs, mobiles or Xboxes, in a similar manner to the Amazon Echo.

The Open Connectivity Foundation is (yet) another set of standards for internet connected hardware, except this time it’s been created by companies including Samsung, Microsoft, Intel, Qualcomm and Cisco, so it has some weight behind it. However, it will also support several other types of networking including Bluetooth, WiFi and ZigBee.

Microsoft said that support for the new standard should be incorporated into Windows by 2017.