06 April 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
Microsoft says that it is investing approximately $5 billion in the Internet of Things (IoT) over the next four years.
In a blog post earlier this week Microsoft said it is
investing this because it wants to give all its customers "the
ability to transform its businesses and the world at large,
with connected solutions."
The company says it has been invested in IoT 'long before
the term was coined’ and that through its pledge
will be able to "dedicate even more resources to research and
innovation in IoT and what is ultimately evolving to be the new
Through its IoT platform that spans cloud, OS and
devices, Microsoft says it is uniquely positioned to simplify
the IoT journey enabling any customer to "create trusted,
connected solutions that improve business and customer
experiences" and the investment announcement will ensure that
Microsoft continues to meet its customers’ needs
both now and in the future.
The increase in investment will also support continued
innovation in the IoT space. Microsfot will continue to
research and develop key areas such as securing IoT, creating
development tools and intelligent services for IoT and the
edge, and investments to its partner ecosystem.
With customers like Steelcase, Kohler, Chevron, United
Technologies and Johnson Controls already innovating using
Microsoft’s IoT platform, the company says we are
witnessing a new transformation. Their use of the platform
shows us how both customers and partners overcome their unique
challenges of building an IoT solution that harnesses massive
amounts of data.
However the platform is used, Microsoft says that "IoT is a
collaborative, multi-disciplinary effort that spans cloud
development, machine learning, AI, security and privacy."
The announcement comes a few weeks after the company
confirmed that it is reorganising its Windows division
following the departure of Terry Myerson, who has headed up
Microsoft's Windows business since 2013.
Under the new structure Myerson's Windows and Devices Group
(WDG), parts will move under executive vice president Rajesh
Jha, who is in charge of the new experiences & devices
organisation; other parts will go to executive vice president
Scott Guthrie, who is running the newly formed Cloud + AI
Commenting on the change Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said it
is part of the company’s new focus on "intelligent
cloud and the intelligent edge".
Internet of Things,