However, it is looking like Vole’s competitor to Amazon’s smart speaker Echo and Google Home is software and will be centred around the home PC.
Home Hub is a software update for Windows 10 that will make the Windows PC a bit more like a smart speaker.
Microsoft’s smart digital assistant Cortana can already answer your queries, even if the PC’s screen is locked. The Home Hub would add a special app with features such as calendar appointments, sticky notes and shopping lists.
A Home Hub-enabled PC might have a Welcome Screen, a full-screen app that displays all these, like a virtual fridge door.
Cortana would get more powerful on Home Hub and could control smart home devices, such as lights and locks.
It will turn any Windows 10 device into the centre of a smart home and third-party manufacturers will be able to build devices that work with Home Hub.
It is expected that Microsoft will release the Home Hub next year. The advantage will be that most people still have a PC somewhere in their house.