Microsoft And The Internet Of Things
Lately I watched an interview with Oliver Niedung from Microsoft on the occasion of the product launch of Windows 10. In the interview he talks about the Internet of Things from Microsoft’s point of view, how the Microsoft products fit into this scenario and that the IoT market will still come up with enormous figures.
First of all I wanted to know what Microsoft has to do with the Internet of Things. I learned that Microsoft has been working in the complex field of embedded systems for 20 years. In the past, however, these devices and their applications were mostly isolated, i.e. isolated solutions, which has changed dramatically since the simplified networking and analysis options. This represents a move from the embedded market towards the Internet of Things.
The Right OS For Every Device: Windows 10 IoT Core, Mobile Enterprise and Enterprise
Microsoft now offers three new products designed for embedded systems for this emerging market. These are Windows 10 IoT Core, Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise. All three editions address their very own segment. The core version is mainly used on small and inexpensive devices. This could be a Raspberry Pi or Arduino system, for example, which has little memory and does not require its own user interface.
With Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise, Microsoft addresses all the tablets out there that have up to 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of memory. The target platform also includes ARM processors, which are still mainly used in tablet PCs. Last but not least, Microsoft offers Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, a full-featured operating system that can be used whenever special functions such as lockdown are required, for example to protect your kiosk system from unauthorized access.
With The Right Tools, Windows 10 IoT Becomes A True IoT Application
But the right IoT operating system alone is not enough. Microsoft offers the appropriate tools for the analysis of IoT data, such as Azure Stream Analytics. This allows data from a large number of IoT devices to be processed, analyzed and monitored in real time. This makes it possible, for example, to detect irregularities by permanently monitoring large systems. In this way, errors can be detected and rectified before they even occur. Other Microsoft IoT tools such as Azure Machine Learning and Cortana Analytics Suite also fall into this category. However, the latter will not be on the market until autumn.