Microsoft has doubled down on its Internet of Things efforts, as the company revealed at this week’s Build developer conference.
Perhaps the most important development is a new partnership between Microsoft and Intel, which has agreed to support Microsoft’s Windows 10 IoT Core platform across all of its new processors. Intel has been something of an IoT pioneer, with early investments like its low-power ‘Quark’ microcontroller and a partnership with Visa established last year and aimed at developing security for IoT payment transactions.
Other new developments include Windows 10 IoT Core support for the Azure IoT Device Management platform, expanded Azure IoT Hub connectivity for a range of IoT devices, the announcement of a forthcoming Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service, and various new developer tools and code snippets.
Microsoft also took the opportunity of Build 2017 to highlight the availability of Cortana, its voice-controlled AI assistant, for integration into third party products and services via the newly-announced Cortana Skills Kit. That could eventually help to make Cortana a primary user interface for a range of IoT devices.
Source: Windows Business Blog