Microsoft has announced that the company wants to bring the convenience of Plug and Play to IoT devices. With Plug and Play it is possible to plug almost any device into a Windows PC, without the user having to worry about installing drivers. The device operates as soon as it is connected.

Connecting and running an Internet or Things (IoT) device normally takes some work, TechCrunch knows. This also applies to IoT devices that are connected using modern deployment-tools. With IoT Plug and Play from Microsoft, this process needs to be simplified. It should also remove the need for hardware and software configuration steps that are still needed today.

IoT Plug and Play

“One of the biggest challenges in building IoT solutions is connecting millions of IoT devices to the cloud because of the heterogeneous nature of devices today – such as different form factors, processing capabilities, operating systems, memory and capabilities,” said Azure corporate vice president Julia White. According to Microsoft, this prevents the adoption of IoT.

With IoT Plug and Play, developers should be able to use an open modeling language, which makes it possible to connect the IoT devices to the cloud without having to write any code.

To make this possible, support from hardware and software manufacturers in the IOT ecosystem is required. Therefore, the company has several partners, including Askey, Brainium, Compal, Kyocera, STMicroelectronics, Thundercomm and VIA Technologies. According to Microsoft, dozens of devices are already plug and play ready. These devices can be found in the Azure IoT Device Catalogue.

Takeover

Microsoft announced last month to invest more in IoT, by taking over the company Express Logic. Express Logic is a company that developed a real-time operating system aimed at managing the growing number of IoT devices in the world.

The acquisition was part of a $5 billion investment in IoT, which Microsoft announced last year.

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