Are you too lazy to open the door or switch on a light? Let Windows 10 and its Cortana voice-activated digital assistant do the job for you.Microsoft’s vision is to make home automation a breeze in Windows 10, and the company featured several related Internet of Things announcements at its ongoing Build conference.Windows 10 will work with a wider range of devices and appliances by integrating new Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) protocols, scheduled to be released in 2017. Additionally, Cortana will allow users to easily automate tasks using a Windows PC, mobile device, Xbox console, or Raspberry Pi 3.
For how excited everyone at CES is about the Internet of Things, most examples of it have tended to be pretty boring. They’re dry suggestions of how you might start up music, play with your refrigerator, or hook up some weather sensor — all key parts of the smart home, but not something you’d necessarily get excited about. But Microsoft is doing things differently. In a bright spot in the middle of Samsung’s Internet of Things keynote this morning, Microsoft’s Bryan Roper came out to demo how Windows is integrating with smart home platforms to present data about your home.
At CES in Las Vegas, Microsoft collaborated with Samsung to demonstrate scenarios enabled by the company’s vision for the Internet of Things (IoT) with Windows 10.The demonstration was conducted by Microsoft’s Bryan Roper who appeared alongside Terry Myerson and asked Cortana a series of natural language queries related to various Samsung IoT appliances including refrigerators, televisions, and washing machines. Roper notably used Samsung’s new Galaxy TabPro S laptop revealed earlier this week for the demonstration.
Rich Internet of Things (IoT) applications distribute application logic between the cloud and remote devices. Some IoT application logic is best suited for remote devices at the edge of the network, such as first order filtering and batching of data, while other IoT application logic is best suited for cloud, such as rich analytics and insights over aggregate data – as well as controlling and updating remote devices.
A little over a year after Intel’s Galileo development board got its first taste of Microsoft Windows, Redmond has decided to pull the project.Chipzilla’s Raspberry Pi-like Galileo was anointed as able-to-run-Windows in August 2014, courtesy of the 1.0.2 firmware update for the Gen1 device. In the same month Intel launched the Gen2 board (which got its stripped-down Windows 8 version in October 2014).Microsoft was also handing out Galileo devices free to developers joining its Internet of Things program.
Addressing at the “Future Unleased” event, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that the company’s latest flagship smartphones, the Windows 10 Mobile-based Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, will be launched arrive in India by December. The deals include the use of a range of Microsoft technologies including “machine learning, Bing, Skype and Microsoft’s digital assistant, Cortana”. “This initiative is anticipated to impact over 50 smart cities in the next year through a catalogue of over 50 start-ups and ISV solutions”, the company added. “E-commerce companies have crossed the chasm to become innovators and others will also cross”, Nadella said. Interacting with a group of reporters, he said that he is extremely impressed with the adoption level of cloud computing in India since the company opened three data centres in Pune, Mumbai and Chennai 12 months ago.
Microsoft showcased an interactive demo to illustrate the future of IoT and highlighted its crucial role in driving the smart city vision at the Gitex Technology Week that opened today (October 19) in Dubai, UAE.The demo showed how IoT devices, Microsoft Cloud, and Analytics come together to build a safer and smarter city; that improves the lives of people and aids governments and policy makers to use information to drive informed decisions to run smarter cities.
There have been murmurs and rumors about Windows 10 for IoT. From its early announcements, many have questioned whether Microsoft could target small embedded devices that don’t have screens with Windows 10. During Build 2015, Microsoft made an impressive albeit brief argument that it could. However, since Microsoft’s developer conference in April, the news about the company’s development of Windows 10 for IoT has sputtered out in dribs and drabs.