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Microsoft stores now stocking Insteon home-automation kits

Microsoft now is selling in its online and retail stores Insteon home-automation kits and devices for use with Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 devices.

On June 30, home-automation vendor Insteon announced that its home-automation kits are now for sale in select Microsoft retail stores.


In mid-May this year, Insteon officials said they'd be rolling out "enhanced" versions of its Insteon smart-home-control apps for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 devices by early June. At that time, Insteon execs also said its connected-home devices would be coming to Microsoft retail stores.

There are three different Starter Kits available through Microsoft's online and retail stores. The kits allow users to configure and control through their smartphones, tablets or desktops lights, appliances and other home devices. Users can set schedules, receive text messages and email alerts and monitor homes using Wi-Fi cameras with the kits.

There are Insteon Starter Kit, Home Kit and Business Kit. Among the components included are the Insteon Leak Sensor, Open/Close Sensor, thermostat, LED Bulb, On/Off Module and Wireless Wi-Fi Camera. (Not all components are included in every kit.)

The Starter Kit is priced at $199.99, the Home Kit at $299.99 and the Business Kit at $499.99.