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At Microsoft’s business-focused Convergence conference today, the computing giant confirmed it’s making a big play into the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) realm, with a new Microsoft Azure IoT Suite and IoT-focused Windows 10 operating system.
Azure is Microsoft’s cloud-computing infrastructure and platform that helps companies build and manage apps and services from the cloud.applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. With the Azure IoT Suite, Microsoft is looking to help companies integrateand manage all their connected offerings, and will be introduced in preview mode later this year. The new platform will give busineses access to tools such as asset management, remote monitoring, and predictive maintenance. Feeding into this is Azure Stream Analytics, which serves up real-time data from “things”, and will be made available “next month” as a standalone service, or bundled in with Azure IoT.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has previously revealed its plans in the IoT realm, including the role Windows 10 will play, but further details were unveiled today — “Windows 10 IoT” will be made available for a myriad of connected devices. It’s essentially a single Windows platform that delivers access to universal apps and driver models that work across any device, and could be used in the likes of “ATMs and industrial robotics,” the company said.
The current state of play with the Internet of Things offers a fascinating glimpse into the future of ubiquitous computing, with fancy Wi-Fi thermostats, self-driving cars, and connected kettles edging increasingly into our lives. Indeed, we’re heading to a place where everything around us is hooked up to the web, and there needs to be a force that powers and enables it all. This is what Microsoft is setting out its stall to achieve with these latest announcements.