Microsoft & Johnson's GLAS Thermostat Out-Nests Nest

Powered by Cortana, this new smart thermostat from Johnson Controls provides more evidence that Microsoft, aided by its partners, is once again shaping the design of our future.

The GLAS packs Cortana and Azure technology, no doubt to great effect in ensuring your home's HVAC is doing its thing most efficiently, but for me it's the industrial design which marks the sea change.

Whereas the Nest looks and feels like an Apple product - ironic, given its position in Alphabet's lineup - the GLAS is a whole leap forward in the way it looks and operates. Certainly a more Microsoft, Windows 10 look and feel.