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: Blink, point, solve an equation: Introducing PhotoMath

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Recommended for you

Comcast wins more Internet customers, ad sales up

1 hour ago

Comcast Corp.'s third-quarter net income jumped 50 percent in the third quarter, helped by a one-time tax settlement, growth in Internet subscribers and fewer defectors from its cable service.

Christian Bale to play Apple's Steve Jobs

2 hours ago

Oscar-winner Christian Bale—best known for his star turn as Batman in the blockbuster "Dark Knight" films—will play Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic.

Netflix to stream new online TV series, 'Bloodline'

2 hours ago

Fresh from commercial and critical success with hit shows "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black," Netflix on Thursday announced a new online series, "Bloodline," set for release in March.

Intelligent materials that work in space

3 hours ago

ARQUIMEA, a company that began in the Business Incubator in the Science Park of the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, will be testing technology it has developed in the International Space Station. The technology ...

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/