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Microsoft is doubling down on its Internet of Things operating system, showing a new set of services designed to support connected devices and the companies that make them.
At Computex in Taiwan, Microsoft introduced Windows 10 IoT Core Services, which provides at least a decade of support for IoT devices along with resources to manage updates and device health. The paid set of services builds on Windows 10 IoT Core, a version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system focused on helping companies build smart devices.
Windows 10 IoT Core Services is in a limited preview now. A broader preview will roll out in July, with general availability later this year.
These new services fit within a major IoT push by Microsoft. In April, Microsoft said it plans to invest $5 billion in the IoT world over the next four years.
Microsoft’s IoT platform today spans its cloud, OS and devices areas, and this investment will allow businesses of all sizes and levels of technical expertise to build connected devices and programs. A big part of that is a focus on the intelligent edge, the practice of devices running in the field without a persistent dependence on the cloud.
Microsoft also announced Tuesday it is forming a new partner community focused on intelligent edge. The company says the community will help partners make connections for future collaborations, and there will be training and community events for partners as well.