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Microsoft Announces Its Global Plans for The Internet of Things

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by Eugenia Romanenko · 3 min read
Microsoft Announces Its Global Plans for The Internet of Things
Microsoft Windows 10 supports the broadest device family ever – from PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s to phones to Xbox and the Internet of Things. It will also support two brand new devices - Microsoft Surface Hub and Microsoft HoloLens. Photo: Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft summarizes its Internet of Things plans and Windows 10 strategies.

Microsoft is planning to connect all desktop and mobile device applications via the new Universal Windows Platform. The new Microsoft Universal Windows Platform (UWP) aims at pulling together all Microsoft compute platforms in order to let developers write a single program to run on all flavors of the Microsoft Windows OS.

According to Redmond Magazine, by this time next year, it’ll be possible to run a Windows app intended for desktop and laptop PCs on compatible Windows Phone handsets, Windows Servers, Xbox game consoles, even embedded, Windows-­based smart devices for the Internet of Things (IoT).

There’s a lot of work to be done to make this “one-size-fits-all” vision for application development come true. Programmers need to build code bases for the same application running on desktop, mobile and other devices running Microsoft OSes. Anyway, Terry Myerson, executive vice president for the Microsoft Operating Systems Group, is convinced that everything is about to change.

“Windows 10 represents a new generation of Windows built for an era of more personal computing, from Raspberry Pi to the holographic computer, where the mobility of the experience is what matters, not the mobility of the device,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella during the opening keynote at the recent Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco.

“With Windows 10 we are targeting the largest device span ever, Myerson added, as he gave the UWP vision and demonstration. “We’re talking about one platform – a single binary that can run across all these devices,” he added.


Showcasing the possibilities of holograms in Windows 10, Microsoft HoloLens is the world’s first untethered holographic computer – no wires, phones or connection to a PC needed. Microsoft HoloLens allows you to view holograms in high definition and hear them in surround sound, even if they are behind you. Photo: Microsoft Corp.

“We had to go through a lot of work with the Universal Windows Platform,” says Clifton Simpkins, senior product manager for Windows Platform Developer Marketing at Microsoft. “Windows had different kernels, different operating systems, different driver models and different form factors. As we went through Windows 8 and especially with Windows 10, there was a lot of work on our part to get back to one Windows core.”

As for the Computex show which was held in Taipei last week, the news regarding the Internet of Things was mentioned by Nick Parker, corporate vice president of the OEM Division at Microsoft, Tony Prophet, corporate vice president for Windows and Search Marketing, and Roanne Sones, general manager of Windows Engineering.

Mr. Prophet outlined Microsoft’s plan to have 1 billion devices running Windows 10, and the first partner in that ambitious project will beToshiba. The corporation is going to create ‘next-generation Windows- and Azure-powered IoT solutions.’

That means offerings 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, reads the Network World article by Andy Patrizio.

In conclusion, it’s necessary to mention the importance of the Internet of Things’ potential and capacity. It’s huge. According to a recent research conducted by International Data Corp, the world market for Internet of Things will reach $1.7 trillion by 2020, representing a compound annual growth rate of 16.9%. The upturn is attributed to the increasing production of Internet-connected household devices.

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