Microsoft Is Paving Pathway to IoT With Windows 10
Tomorrow's launch not only spells the end of the contentious Windows 8.x era, but it also kicks Microsoft's Internet of things plans into high gear.Windows 10 officially arrives on July 29, bringing with it hopes that it can revive a PC market in freefall. Early reactions have been mostly positive, with industry watchers noting that the traditional desktop no longer takes a back seat to a touch-first interface and features like Continuum finally allow Windows two-in-one PCs to shine. Besides helping its OEM partners win back the Windows faithful—and taking a stab at increasing its ranks—the new operating system is a crucial pillar of Microsoft's Internet of things (IoT) strategy, according to Richard Edwards, principal research analyst at Ovum, an IT research firm. "Microsoft is pinning its future hopes on Windows 10 too, but this isn't about recapturing the important mobile operating systems market [which it's pretty much conceded to Apple and Google]. It's about gaining a strong foothold in the next multibillion dollar market: the Internet of things," said Edwards in an email to eWEEK. "Windows 10 will underpin Microsoft's foray into the Internet of things by providing an operating system and ancillary services for 'things' that do not resemble traditional computing devices." The Redmond, Wash., software giant is already pouring resources into its cloud IoT services, he noted. Its Azure Intelligent Systems Service (ISS) service helps organizations not only connect to their "things" but also capture and manage the data generated by sensors and smart devices.
Microsoft's cloud-based IoT technology is also stretching into its business software products, including its Dynamics line of CRM and ERP applications.