Windows 10 “Home Hub” feature will take on Amazon Echo and more

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Microsoft is going to make the Windows 10 PC a more family-focused device, taking on Amazon’s Echo and Google Home as it does, according to the latest reports and rumors about forthcoming features.

The story starts with Twitter user Walking Cat poking around preview builds and finding reference to a feature named Home Hub. This appears to take the multi-user features of Windows 10 in a new direction. In addition to individual per-user accounts on shared machines, Home Hub will enable a shared Family Account and Family Desktop. This account will have its own calendar, music, pictures, and other resources that are used by and shared between several different people.

Mary Jo Foley tied that to job postings from November, where Microsoft outlined its desire to build family-oriented sharing features for Windows and its desire to compete with Google, Amazon, Apple, and AT&T

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