Microsoft continues its march forward into a fully open cloud platform for IoT development. As IoT Sources predicted earlier this year, Microsoft made it official yesterday that they are open sourcing Azure IoT Edge Runtime. This enables developers and customers to modify, debug and have more transparency and control for edge applications. Azure IoT Edge users will now have more flexibility to tailor runtime to meet their own needs, while still using Azure for the higher-level services. It appears that Microsoft’s overarching objective in doing this is to pave the way for easier AI development and deployment.  

Microsoft’s rebranding of the internet of things as “the intelligent edge” is arguably an improvement over the original moniker, but it will take more than a clever name to capture this market opportunity. The company plans to make a concerted pitch to IoT developers that it operates the best cloud for their code later on Monday at Build 2018.

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