After ruling the OS market for decades with Windows, Microsoft now wants to own the computing platform that powers the next generation of IoT devices. Azure Sphere, Microsoft’s latest platform for microcontrollers, extends its reach to billions of devices.
Microcontrollers are tiny chips that are present almost everywhere – from TV remotes to coffee machines to elevators. They contain essential logic to perform basic tasks that operates the device.
Microcontrollers have gained prominence in the IoT era. They are now extended through additional software for connecting and controlling the devices via the Internet. However, most of the legacy and current microcontrollers are not designed to take advantage of emerging IoT scenarios.
In the near future, almost all the consumer and industrial electronic devices can be remotely controlled through software. Electronic manufacturers are going to adopt next generation of microcontrollers that make their devices first class IoT citizens. With Azure Sphere, Microsoft wants to own the software platform that powers these next-generation microcontrollers.
Azure Sphere platform has three components – 1) Chip, 2) OS and 3) Cloud connectivity.
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