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Microsoft has been working on software for devices for more than a decade. The company has gone to market with everything from software for car entertainment systems, point-of-sale terminals, coffee makers and smart watches.
But Microsoft is embarking on remaking its Internet of Things (IoT) products, services and strategy in a way that goes consderably beyond Windows Embedded.
The company is building a number of new Azure-powered services that are aimed at harnessing, managing and making sense of data from sensors and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. It is also expected to field new IoT devices and services of its own, ranging from various wearables -- glasses, watches and the like -- as well as home-automation systems and services.
Here's what is in the works from Microsoft on the IoT front.
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The Windows Embedded team is the core of Microsoft's new IoT team
Up until now, Microsoft's Windows Embedded team has focused primarily on enterprise/industrial customers, not consumers. Its charter has been to convince retail, healthcare, manufacturing and automotive shops to embed various flavors of Windows in their devices.
But the Embedded team has now morphed officially into Microsoft's IoT team. And the new IoT team's mission goes beyond Windows. In fact, its charter calls for it to address all kinds of OSes, presumably including Linux, given its large embedded-device presence.