In a sign that we live in a parallel universe from ten years ago, Microsoft has joined what began as a Linux Foundation effort to create an open platform for the Internet of Things.
It is all part of Microsoft's cunning plan for home automation, and the Xbox.
The Linux Foundation, a nonprofit consortium that promotes Linux adoption. Last year it set up the AllSeen Alliance to promote an open source code framework to enable devices to discover one another and then connect and interact. AllSeen Alliance now includes LG, Panasonic, Sharp and Haier, and apparently Microsoft.
Microsoft is interested in home automation and announced an agreement to work with an insurance company on home automation technology. Its Xbox gaming platform is seen as a potential hub or control centre for home devices.