Microsoft has a vision, namely that of the Intelligent Cloud and the Intelligent Edge. To realize this vision, the company has launched a series of new operating systems and products to support use cases within the Internet of Things (IoT) and edge computing.

Microsoft now offers a version of its SQL Server that is specially designed for the edge and IoT. This concerns SQL Server IoT 2019, which will be available via the OEM channel, reports Forbes.

SQL Server IoT 2019 is designed to work with server-class Edge devices running application software. By implementing SQL Server IoT 2019 in Windows Server IoT 2019, business-critical data processing and analysis capabilities can be brought to the edge of the network.

Microsoft also announced a partnership with NXP to support Windows 10 IoT Core for NXP chips. This operating system is optimized for smaller screenless devices running on Arm and X86/X64 devices. Now the operating system supports NXP devices.

Windows for IoT

In addition, investments have been made in Windows Server IoT 2019 and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise. These two operating systems have been closely integrated with Azure. For example, all devices with Windows IoT OS will be registered for the Azure IoT Hub for maintenance and management.

Windows Server IoT 2019 and Windows 10 Enterprise are versions of the operating systems specifically for IoT and workloads at the network edge. Windows Server IoT 2019 is a binary equivalent of Windows Server 2019, which allows the same development and management tools to be used. However, this version allows data processing, machine learning, and analytics workloads to be run at the edge of the network.

Windows 10 IoT Enterprise is aimed at independent vendors of devices and software that build industrial IoT products. This version also contains the same development and management tools as Windows 10, but has a different purpose. The operating system is intended to develop devices that run a single application or a fixed set of applications.

NXP support

Finally, the collaboration with NXP ensures that the Windows 10 IoT Core Board Support Packages for the NXP i.MX family of processors are generally available.

Customers can use the combination of Windows and NXP devices connected to Azure to roll out industrial automation and IIoT workloads.