Microsoft’s Glas thermostat knocks Nest with Cortana and air quality monitoring

You can preorder your Cortana-integrated Glas in March 2018

Look out, Nest. You’ve got some competition, and it’s coming from an unlikely candidate: Microsoft. Last July, we saw the unveiling of a video showing the first smart thermostat powered by Microsoft, and of course it can be controlled via voice with Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana (who stacks up surprisingly well against the competition). It’s called the Glas thermostat, and its sleek design comes with a touchscreen display that allows you to adjust the temperature of various rooms throughout your home. And now, we’ve learned that the Glas will be available for preorder in March 2018.

Created by Johnson Controls, the firm behind the very first electric room thermostat, Glas will depend upon Microsoft’s Windows 10 IoT Core operating system, and will be one of the very first thermostats to feature a Cortana integration. But it certainly isn’t the only smart home appliance that will soon tout Microsoft’s AI assistant. Microsoft recently announced plans to bring Cortana to a host of devices, including refrigerators, toasters, and more.

According to Microsoft’s promotional video for Glas, the thermostat will be able to keep you abreast of calendar notifications, energy usage, and air quality, and determine whether or not you’re in the room (and make adjustments accordingly). Much like the Nest, the Glas thermostat wants to be able to save you energy (and therefore money) by proactively changing its settings based on its environment.

Microsoft has also now revealed that the thermostat will feature a translucent OLED touchscreen display, and when internet-connected, will “continuously monitor air quality and intelligent adjust settings to help create a comfortable home environment.” And of course, the Cortana integration means that you’ll be able to talk to your Glas, and that you’ll be able to use the virtual assistant to help manage your calendar, stay abreast of traffic, and more.

Folks will be able to control Glas via mobile, tablet, or web browser, and already, mobile apps are avaialble to download for iOS and Android. The Windows 10 app, ironically enough, isn’t live yet, but is “expected soon in the Microsoft Store.”

There’s no word yet as to pricing, but in just a few short months, you’ll be able to go to the Glas website and place your preorder.

Update: There’s more information available about the Cortana-controlled Glas thermostat, which will be available for preorder in March.