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Microsoft Incorporates the Internet of Things Into Windows 8.1

Home automation has been a "next big thing" since broadband Internet became commonplace. Like flying cars or robot servants, automated houses have so far remained out of reach. But there's a chance it could follow the path video conferencing -- something that seemingly overnight goes from being an impossible dream to commonplace.

There are lots of players looking to make home automation a thing, including Google (NASDAQ: GOOG ) (through its $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest brand), Belkin (with its WeMo line), and Samsung (NASDAQOTH: SSNLF ) (which showed off its Smart Home technology at CES this year). Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT ) announced it was throwing its hat into the home automation ring on Thursday, joining a wide open field where no clear winner has emerged.

Microsoft has partnered with Insteon -- already one of the leaders in the small but growing field -- to offer an enhanced version of Insteon's app for PCs and tablets running Windows 8.1 as well as Windows Phone. The goal of the partnership, according to a press release, is "making home automation even easier for everyone, from the ultra-techie to the average homeowner."

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