Microsoft pulls plug on home energy monitor

Jun 30, 2011
Microsoft announced on Thursday it is pulling the plug on a free online home energy monitoring tool that allows consumers to gauge their usage and reduce consumption.

Microsoft announced on Thursday it is pulling the plug on a free online home energy monitoring tool that allows consumers to gauge their usage and reduce consumption.

The US software giant's announcement it was discontinuing Hohm came just days after Google said it was ending a similar service, .

In a blog post, Microsoft said it was shutting down Microsoft Hohm on May 31, 2012.

"The feedback from customers and partners has remained encouraging throughout Microsoft Hohm's beta period," Microsoft said.

"However, due to the slow overall market adoption of the service, we are instead focusing our efforts on products and solutions more capable of supporting longstanding growth within this evolving market," it said.

"Together with our partners, we will continue to develop technologies that help people and organizations reduce their impact on the environment," the Redmond, Washington-based company said.

Microsoft Hohm provided suggestions for based on home energy input data and feedback from users.

announced last week it was shutting down PowerMeter, which tracked home electricity use, on September 16 after it failed to "catch on the way we would have hoped."

Explore further: Instagram launches time-lapse video app for iPhone

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Recommended for you

Does your computer know how you're feeling?

Aug 22, 2014

Researchers in Bangladesh have designed a computer program that can accurately recognize users' emotional states as much as 87% of the time, depending on the emotion.

Microsoft to unveil new Windows software

Aug 21, 2014

A news report out Thursday indicated that Microsoft is poised to give the world a glimpse at a new-generation computer operating system that will succeed Windows 8.

Unlocking the potential of simulation software

Aug 21, 2014

With a method known as finite element analysis (FEA), engineers can generate 3-D digital models of large structures to simulate how they'll fare under stress, vibrations, heat, and other real-world conditions.

User comments : 2

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

bobsully
not rated yet Jul 01, 2011
"Slow overall market adoption" might be due to poor marketing. Sounds interesting, too bad I just heard about this.
rawa1
1 / 5 (1) Jul 01, 2011
Microsoft Joulemeter is an experimental program for Windows that can track the PC power consumption. It is compatible with desktop and mobile computers. http://research.m...565f794/