No one can ever imagine Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) without Windows, especially when it comes to developing an operating system (OS). But, looks like the company has decided to surprise us this time. From the announcement made by the company yesterday, it is clear the next OS of Microsoft will be based on Linux, not on Windows.
Wait, no need to rush!
Microsoft’s new OS is for IoT and it’s called Azure Sphere OS.
In a webcast today, Microsoft revealed an end-to-end IoT solution that connects Azure Cloud services to IoT devices. The company is creating Azure Sphere OS, a new operating system for a tiny MCU-based IoT devices that complement Linux.
Is Microsoft Done with Windows OS
No, not really. Microsoft believes that for MCU of this size the full-blown version of Windows is not really required.
It is a custom Linux kernel complemented by the kinds of advances that we have created in Windows itself,” says Brad Smith, President and CLO – Microsoft.
It’s the first time in 43 years that Microsoft is launching custom Linux kernel. The company believes that it’s the need of the hour and IoT industry need such kind of solutions only to accelerate the industry growth.
“it will enable us to stand behind the technology in a way I believe the world needs,” says Brad.
Microsoft has also emphasized, once again, on its commitment to IoT ecosystem. And that’s the reason the company has also explained its initiatives in making the whole IoT ecosystem more secure. After Azure Cloud and Azure Sphere OS, security is the third key element that plays a vital role, and that’s why Microsoft has created a new Azure Sphere Security Service. The security service will protect every Azure device, secure all the device-to-device and device-to-cloud communications, detect upcoming and potential security threats, and upgrade or renew itself as and when it’s needed, automatically.
Microsoft has set its focus on IoT market, instead of the internet and social media the new age companies are betting big upon. Last week Microsoft announced to invest $5 billion to strengthen its IoT offerings globally.