The new system ensures that all devices in the home appear as peripherals connected to a single logical PC.
Microsoft Research has been working on HomeOS for some time and had a paper accepted by the highly regarded Network Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI) conference. HomeOS is a single operating system for which manufacturers can write applications for command and control of devices from security cameras to home theatre systems. Growing list of applications, available through a portal called “HomeStore”, will allow users to easily expand their system’s capabilities. The research arm of the company says that its experimental operating system has now been deployed in twelve test homes. For now, Microsoft is making the system available under a free licence for non-commercial use.
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