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10 Ways Windows 10 Will Advance The Internet Of Things

Windows 10 brings functions and features that will change the Internet of Things for the enterprise and individuals.
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Windows 10 is going to change desktop and mobile computing experiences for the better. That's what Microsoft says, and many IT pundits agree. The word is that Windows 10, which becomes commercially available on July 29,  is a genuine improvement over the versions that have come before. Windows 10 is expected to bring advances in user experience, along with with a series of improvements in the OS core. It all sounds good, but I know the question you've really been waiting to ask: What about the Internet of Things (IoT)?

Microsoft hasn't forgotten about IoT -- that's clear from the sheer existence of Windows 10 IoT Core. Many words have been written about this version of Windows 10, most of them centered on fascinating facts like its ability to run on a Raspberry Pi 2. That's really good, but it's only the beginning of the changes that Windows 10 is going to bring to IoT.

Now, before we go any further, it's important to point out something that should be obvious: Many of the features I'm going to write about are available on other platforms from other vendors. My response? It doesn't matter. None of those other vendors have the sheer market weight and installed base size of Microsoft. None of those other vendors have nearly as many developers who already use their SDKs and visual development environments. The fact that Microsoft is making a substantial push into IoT is, by itself, meaningful. The specifics we'll discuss are second to that.

Most of the items on my list will be important to project developers and their managers. For users, it's the applications themselves that will be most important -- Microsoft's new products and services will allow developers to bring substantial new possibilities to those applications.

Are you developing Microsoft-based applications for the IoT? Have you been working with other embedded systems and are now going to experiment with Windows 10 IoT Core? I'm interested in your take on the IoT and the new potential Microsoft is bringing to the market. Let's talk about it in the comments section below.

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TiotBiz
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7/27/2015 | 5:31:37 PM
Re: Microsoft has not been idle on IoT
Microsoft IoT Resources:
https://dev.windows.com/en-us/iot

GitHub Repo:
https://ms-iot.github.io/content/en-US/GetStarted.htm


Use Case:

The Raspberry Pi 2 is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. The Raspberry Pi 2 runs Windows 10 IoT Core.

https://ms-iot.github.io/content/en-US/win10/SetupPCRPI.htm

1. Select Your Device
2. Setup Your PC
3. Setup Your Device
4. Develop

 
ahmeds018
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ahmeds018,
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7/27/2015 | 5:25:50 PM
Re: Microsoft has nothing been idle on IoT
Here is a link to a number of possible use cases:
https://dev.windows.com/en-us/iot


The GitHub Repo:
https://ms-iot.github.io/content/en-US/GetStarted.htm

The Raspberry Pi 2 is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. The Raspberry Pi 2 runs Windows 10 IoT Core.

https://ms-iot.github.io/content/en-US/win10/SetupPCRPI.htm

 

 
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XbandNet,
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7/27/2015 | 2:42:00 PM
Re: Microsoft has not been idle on IoT
For me, I prefer some variant of linux or another embedded OS but I think the point is if Microsoft is your development environment of choice, you will be able to use Windows 10 Core, without all of the bloatware to help rapidly develop your application.

For IoT devices the CLI is reported to be much improved. Personally I haven't tested any of this although it is good to know these capabilities and features are either available or soon will be. Generally speaking, it appears Microsoft has positioned Azure (at least in some capacity) as an IoT Cloud Operations Center.

The components are there, you just has to wire them up.
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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7/27/2015 | 2:25:07 PM
Re: Microsoft has nothing been idle on IoT
Exactly how will Windows 10 be used in Raspberry pi?
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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7/27/2015 | 2:24:26 PM
Re: Microsoft has nothing been idle on IoT
Mixing Cortana in this IoT race might prove to be good since Cortana intends to be a full interactive AI supporting the windows 10, if it can do that then it can also do independent iot management.
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TiotBiz,
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7/26/2015 | 7:29:05 PM
Microsoft has nothing been idle on IoT
There shall be many great improvement in Windows 10 for IoT, however Microsoft has not been sitting idle on other fronts. I never thought I would say this but I have been quite impressed with how they are nurturing their developer community! Competitor should take note.

Thus far they have conducted the following developer trainings:

1. Accelerating PHP Development in the Cloud with Z-Ray for Azure
2. Create your end to end IoT solution using Azure Stream Analytics
3. Building Predictive Maintenance Solutions with Azure ML
4. Energy Forecasting in Smart Grids using Azure Machine Learning
5. Cortana Analytics Suite: Transform data into intelligent action
6. Introduction to Azure Data Factory - August 4th

Microsoft is helping to lay the foundation for practical business use cases and has not jumped on the hype wagon.

Good Work!

@TiOTBiz

 
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