Microsoft has decided to create an operating system for your home. Not for the computer in your home, but for your appliances, security systems, and what not. In fact, the research arm of the gigantic corporation has already started testing its home automation software that they’ve dubbed HomeOS in twelve residences over the past couple of months. So far, the current prototype of the system provides support for a range of applications and devices such as switches, printers, air conditioners, TVs, and cameras. The system views all of these as network peripherals controlled by a gateway computer that enables users to manage and automate them. There are even a number of apps already that perform functions like remote surveillance, face-recognition, and energy monitoring. These applications are growing in number and can be found through a portal called “HomeStore” that allows users to expand their system’s capabilities.