Microsoft Announces IoT Updates Across Azure Services

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For Azure Sphere, Microsoft introduced a new set of hardware offerings that are available for prototyping and production and can be integrated into legacy IoT devices

Software giant Microsoft announced the new and enhanced offerings in its cloud computing platform – Azure, at its annual developer conference Build held in Seattle on Monday.

Microsoft announced updates in its cloud monitoring and deployment solution for internet of things (IoT) devices – Azure IoT Edge. The Azure IoT Edge is now integrated with Kubernetes, the open source container orchestration framework of Google.

The recent release of Azure IoT Central, an entirely managed IoT software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, features better rules processing, new dashboards and data visualizations, custom rules for funneling data to analytics services, inbound and outbound data connectors and app branding and white labeling options.

The integration of Kubernetes is in preview and the latest Azure IoT Central features are only available for selected customers for trial.

New hardware offerings

For Azure Sphere, Microsoft introduced a new set of hardware offerings that are available for prototyping and production and can be integrated into legacy IoT devices. Microsoft’s Azure Sphere is a Linux-based operating system that optimised for microcontroller devices that is those devices having constrained compute resources.

Recently, the software giant launched a no-code toolkit to connect IoT devices to the cloud – IoT Plug and Play, which is a new modeling language to instill IoT devices with the power of cloud.

The solution is similar to the plug and play that allows the users of PC to connect peripherals without worrying about the interoperability. This database engine for edge devices allows developers to connect the IoT devices to cloud platforms without the need to write embedded code. The devices that can be supported by IoT Plug and Play are available in Azure IoT Device Catalog.

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