Microsoft opens new accelerator for home automation start-ups

Microsoft is opening a new business accelerator in Seattle for start-ups focused on home automation, a field including appliances that learn a user’s preferences, or software that might help a user control objects from their smartphones, for instance.

In partnership with auto insurance company American Family Insurance, Microsoft plans to select a handful of start-ups and provide them with mentorship, a temporary workspace, and access to software, among other services.

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