The Redmond-based software and hardware giant said that its new Windows 10 platform will work on PCs and mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Now, Microsoft wants to integrate its OS to all other gadgets you own. The company is even planning to delve deep into the realm of businesses with the new Azure IoT Suite.
What is Azure?
Microsoft outlines a significant chunk of its IoT (Internet of Things) strategy through a number of announcements made during the recent Convergence 2015 event, an annual business-focused conference.
One of the highlights of the event is the introduction of the Azure IoT Suite. It is a cloud-computing platform infrastructure intended to help businesses, such as banks, manufacturers, accounting firms, etc., ?to set up and manage services and applications right from the cloud. This software suite is slated to be available later this year.
The Azure platform aims to give companies access to various tools including asset management, predictive maintenance, and remote monitoring. The tech giant also mentioned that one of its major components, Azure Stream Analytics, will deliver real-time update from ?things? and is set to come next month as a bundled service with Azure IoT or as a separate service.
Windows 10 powering the Internet of Things
At the conference, Microsoft also shared that it will offer versions of Windows 10 that will work on a diverse range of connected devices under the moniker ?Windows 10 IoT.? This will offer a single Windows software or platform for different driver models or universal applications.
Simply put, Microsoft is trying to be one step ahead in the dynamic world or ubiquitous computing by powering your home?s thermostats, smart ovens & kettles, and even your car. Ideally, this is a better solution than those than what exist today in the IoT department, provided it works fluidly. Lots of Internet-connected ?smart? devices have their own apps or software running inside; a single, user-friendly platform to control them all (which is what Microsoft is trying to achieve) would be a welcome change.
Microsoft?s elevator pitch
If you put together what Windows 10 and Azure can do, you?d notice that Microsoft clearly plans to be the glue that keeps IoT executions intact. However, the company is not alone in this race for connecting the worlds gadgets and gizmos. Apple and Google are both competing to control every consumer?s Internet-connected devices while Amazon and Intel want to be the go-to software provider for businesses.
To summarize what Microsoft is trying to convey with their new Windows 10 and Azure IoT proposition, CNN Money cleverly composed this short but accurate elevator pitch:
?For businesses, Windows IoT gadgets connect to the cloud-based Azure IoT tools that will help companies make sense of all the data flowing in and out of the thingamajigs on their network. For consumers, Windows is the most-used operating system in the world, so you’ll have one easy-to-use app to control everything in your home.?
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