Microsoft Unveils Toshiba IoT Partnership, Win 10 Devices at Computex
At Computex, the software giant gathers OEMs to announce an Internet of things alliance with Toshiba and new Windows 10 devices.Windows 10 won't ship until July 29, but the public can already get a glimpse of the PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s that will run the operating system. At the Computex conference in Taiwan today, Microsoft and its original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners announced a bevy of new devices designed to run the company's upcoming operating system. Notably, Microsoft and Japanese electronics giant Toshiba used the event to announced a new Internet of things (IoT) alliance. Its aim is to "build next-generation Windows- and Azure-powered IoT solutions," said Microsoft in a June 3 announcement. A major target of the partnership's Windows 10-based development efforts is the shipping industry. "The companies expect to release a complete offering for the transportation and logistics industry, from devices to services, including state-of-the-art hardware, such as an onboard video recorder than can also track vehicle data and analyze driver behavior," Microsoft said in a statement. Also in development is a ruggedized environmental monitor to be used in shipping, with 12 sensors, six-month battery life and cloud connectivity to ensure that goods arrive at their destinations undamaged and on time. Microsoft is also working with Crestron on the latter's home automation platform called Pyng, combining Windows embedded and cloud to give consumers control over their connected homes.
Nick Parker, corporate vice president of Microsoft's OEM division, described Pyng as an "elegant home automation technology that utilizes Azure IoT services to connect lighting, shades, audio, thermostats, door locks and security systems, so that everything works together intelligently to make life easier," in a company blog post. "Connected devices and solutions like these can help make our lives easier and more productive, and help both individuals and businesses save time and money."