Thursday, June 30, 2011

No home for Hohm - Microsoft shutters Hohm

cnet News - Green TechMicrosoft kills Hohm energy app

"Microsoft is pulling the plug on its Hohm consumer energy management application because of poor uptake.

The move to discontinue Hohm, announced on the product's community blog today, comes less than a week after Google said it is axing PowerMeter, a similar energy monitoring product.

Microsoft said that Hohm received positive feedback but "due to the slow overall market adoption of the service," the company has decided to focus its environmental efforts elsewhere. In April, CNET reported that Microsoft was phasing out Hohm and would focus its development on electric vehicle charging through a partnership with Ford. The product will stop being available by the end of May next year and Microsoft said it does not intend to offer an alternative service.


Too bad... I was hoping that with Google leaving this space, Hohm could fill the void. But I guess not... We really need an end to end smart grid, from plug to power generation. While there wasn't really much hope either Microsoft or Google to execute this, it was nice to have someone on the "outside" and with fair broad reach giving it a go. Now we're going to have to rely on the Utilities? hum...


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