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Microsoft Is Betting Big on Internet of Things


Sep. 27 2018, Published 9:28 a.m. ET

Microsoft’s announcements during Ignite Conference

Microsoft (MSFT) stock has been climbing, while FANG[1. Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google] stocks have been struggling. The software giant’s stock is hovering near its recent all-time highs. It made numerous announcements about its suites of businesses during its Ignite Conference in Orlando.

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Microsoft is betting big on IoT

Microsoft has announced a number of updates for Azure, its fast-growing cloud computing platform. Azure and other cloud services benefit a lot from the amount of data generated by IoT (Internet of Things) devices.

Companies will now be building their own comprehensive digital models of any physical environment with Microsoft Azure Digital Twins.

Azure Sphere, a microcontroller, is now broadly available, and developers can now get access to development kits. It comes with integrated cloud connectivity and a secure operating system. Microsoft is probably planning to sell the services through Azure Sphere.

The company has upgraded its IoT provisioning service Map Control API (application programming interface) and its IoT hub message routing tools.

The software giant is also making Azure IoT Central generally available. It’s a SaaS[1. software-as-a-service]-based IoT service for businesses.

The company also said its Azure IoT platform will support Google’s (GOOG) Android and the Android Things platform through Microsoft’s Java SDK (software developer’s kit).


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