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IoT in Action: Developing intelligent solutions that change the world – Windows Experience Blog

The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly changing the world around us and transforming business for the better. Here at Microsoft we’re all in, committing $5 billion to IoT over the next four years. Windows is an essential part of this movement having powered both connected and non-connected devices for years – and it will be part of the new generation of intelligent devices that leverage the power of the cloud and comprise IoT.As we will discuss throughout this year’s IoT in Action event series, companies need secure devices that can be quickly provisioned, easily managed and seamlessly connected to the cloud to support their overall business strategies. Let’s talk about some essential aspects to consider when developing and deploying your IoT solution.
Embrace the intelligent edge
Companies can build more productive IoT solutions with secure, intelligent devices at the edge. Our IoT offerings include what businesses need to get started, from operating systems to cloud services to advanced analytics to business applications. We’ve seen that connecting devices to the cloud has enabled a whole new world of scenarios, including making processes more efficient, reducing costs and enabling new business models to enhance your company’s competitiveness.
Using Windows IoT, customers find they can learn more and do more with smarter devices. Windows 10 IoT is integrated by design with Azure IoT so you can quickly harness the power of the intelligent edge. With integrated cloud connectivity, Azure IoT can provision and manage Windows 10 IoT Enterprise devices and provide advanced edge capabilities like containers, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and computer vision.
Build in intelligent security
As IoT-enabled devices become more sophisticated, so do the corresponding threats, which is why companies need to ensure they are incorporating the proper management and security into their IoT solutions.
Data should be protected throughout the entire process: when it’s at rest, in motion and during execution. To accomplish this, Windows 10 IoT provides the best endpoint security, building on the strengths of Windows Embedded while also offering new cloud and security enhancements that protect your IoT solutions from device to cloud.
Windows 10 security is built-in and always up-to-date for the supported lifetime of the device. But we’re not stopping there. To ensure devices everywhere – large and small – are secure, Microsoft has taken the 7 Properties of Highly Secured Devices and created the Azure Sphere solution. As the industry’s first holistic platform to provide security for microcontroller (MCU) devices, Azure Sphere combines cloud security, a secured OS, and a secured MCU to protect and power devices at the intelligent edge.
Partner to create and deploy solutions – faster
It takes months to build and deploy IoT solutions. With Windows 10 IoT, you can create solutions faster with a familiar app environment, tools and framework. Yet getting to market quickly also takes collaboration. Here at Microsoft, finding the right partners to swiftly build and scale solutions is a top priority.
8 West and Testify, for instance, are companies that have built IoT devices to save lives and help us get to our destinations faster and more comfortably. They serve as key examples of how Microsoft encourages partnerships and helps companies build and get repeatable IoT solutions to market faster.
Leverage Microsoft’s extensive partner ecosystem of device makers, developers, consultants and integrators to create the best IoT solution for your business need. The IoT in Action events will feature a digital matchmaking tool designed to help attendees identify and meet the partner or customer most suited to their immediate business need or opportunity.
Build IoT solutions with endless possibilities
IoT in Action is a one-day event designed to give you the chance to meet and collaborate with Microsoft’s customer and partner ecosystem to build and deploy new IoT solutions that can be used to change the world.
At this year’s event, we’re providing an increased number of hands-on technical sessions and in-depth learning around IoT security and the IoT opportunity. You’ll gain actionable insights, deepen partnerships and unlock the transformative potential of the intelligent edge and intelligent cloud.
Register today to reserve your seat
Register to learn more about the modalities and economics of transforming business through IoT. This event is ideal for anyone interested in learning more about transforming business through IoT and for technical leaders looking for practical guidance.
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Stay tuned for additional event dates and locations, and be sure to augment your IoT learnings with the IoT in Action webinar series.

Modernizing applications for our multi-sense, multi device world

Tomorrow at Build 2018, Joe Belfiore and I will have the privilege of sharing with you some of the advancements in Microsoft 365 that are focused on multi-sense and multi-device experiences. Microsoft 365 allows developers to drive more productivity and engagement holistically – in one ecosystem.
We know that building for the future comes with many complex challenges, so we have taken a practical approach to helping you be more productive when updating your existing applications. We focused on four key areas:
Provide great user productivity in our multi-sense, multi-device world
Engage your employees where they work
Deliver pragmatic deployment solutions
Make Windows your primary dev box for all your workload needs across the Intelligent Cloud and Intelligent Edge
Great user productivity in our multi-sense, multi-device world
To support the multi-sense, multi-device world in which we live and work – the foundation of our user experiences needs to grow and adapt. With the Fluent Design System, you can use a cohesive system that spans across a variety of inputs and outputs, while embracing the uniqueness of both.

Figure 1: Fluent Design system is natural on each device
Just like Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 incrementally, most of you do the same inside of your company. If you are deploying to devices running Windows 10 Anniversary Update and later, your applications can start using modern controls right away. You’ll be able to do this through Windows UI Library and it’ll be available via NuGet. Controls in this library are the same as Windows uses in its apps and experiences, and the same that ship in the Windows 10 SDK.
Artificial intelligence is a key part of the modernization journey, and tomorrow I will show a proof of concept of how the Windows AI platform enables Microsoft Word to evaluate machine learning models using the hardware resources available on the Intelligent Edge. Developers can solve problems that are impractical to solve using traditional algorithms, as well as train models for line of business applications.
And, for those of you are updating your existing WPF, Windows Forms, or native Win32 applications incrementally, you can use UWP XAML Islands to incorporate the Fluent Design System in your application, regardless of the app model. Now, all Windows applications can adopt Fluent regardless of the UI stack. This includes popular controls like WebView (EdgeHTML), MediaPlayerElement, SwapChainPanel, modern InkCanvas, etc.
Additionally, you will be able to use a new project from Cognitive Service Labs called Project Ink Analysis. This Artificial Intelligence system is what we use to make sense of messy handwriting and shape recognition. It will allow you to build inking applications on both Windows as well as other platforms, leveraging the incredible AI ink services from the cloud.
Microsoft 365: Engage your employees where they work
With the power of the Microsoft Graph, you can extend your app’s reach beyond the “four corners” of a single device, enhancing users’ experiences across mobile and desktop. It connects app and cloud experiences and provides an opportunity to enrich every application with data, tools, and insights through a single consistent REST API, along with SDKs across several platforms.
This year new API sets, webhooks, and capabilities are expanding across Microsoft Graph. Applications can add Activities to the Windows Timeline (now generally available) and gain cross-device consistency and immediate user context.  Applications can also harness the Microsoft Graph in their own applications, including new open source Microsoft Graph UWP controls and SDKs for Java.  New Open API 3.0 endpoints for Microsoft Graph boost interoperability with different systems.
You can also deliver your app’s content in front of your customers who use Office daily and provide a way for them to interact directly with your solution, with new support for Adaptive Cards.

Figure 2: Adaptive Cards in Outlook let you address issues directly within your inbox.
Adaptive Cards, including new payment cards, support a rich and visual language for embeddable experiences. We’re bringing this format to Microsoft Teams and Outlook, letting you convert complex workflow updates into a two-click streamlined experience right within your inbox, and using the same consistent JSON markup across apps.
We’re also announcing that has new support and tools for developers, including new JavaScript APIs. You can extend Excel calculation with custom function support, as well as integrated support for calling Machine Learning models. New support for Power BI Custom Visuals in Excel lets you add engaging visualizations to your app.
Pragmatic deployment solutions
I am excited announce that .NET Core 3 will help you update your .NET version independently of the system – simplifying enterprise catalog management. You will be able to run multiple instances of .NET Core 3 side-by-side on the same computer, which means you can update Windows Forms, WPF, and UWP applications to a new version of .NET without updating the entire system. This will be released in 2019.
Also, our MSIX application container is a complete containerization solution that inherits all the great features from UWP. And, MSIX now supports Windows 7. Once you update from Windows 7 to Windows 10, your application gets all of the rich containerization features for free.
Make Windows your primary dev box for all your workload needs across the Intelligent Cloud and Intelligent Edge
We’re committed to making Windows the best dev box for projects spanning the Intelligent Cloud and Intelligent Edge. Your feedback has guided us in this mission and we’re excited to announce the following improvements:
The latest update to Notepad includes support for Linux line endings, so it now responds to Linux files and line breaks appropriately.
Hyper-V w/XRDP for Linux now has enhanced session support for Linux VMs through a collaboration with the XRDP open source project. It’s faster, no more mouse delays and tighter integration for easy sharing of drives and the clipboard.
To enable you to use the latest Android emulator side-by-side with Hyper-V VMs, Docker tooling, the HoloLens emulator and more, the Android emulator is now compatible with Hyper-V. A preview for you to explore will be available tomorrow.
Boxstarter and Chocolatey together provide an effective solution to dev machine setup that is repeatable, reliable, and fast. Microsoft will be contributing to the open source projects alongside the rest of the community, and we’ve started a sample script project on GitHub where we can all collaborate on setup scripts for various dev scenarios.

Windows Developer Day Returns on March 7th!

Windows Developer Day is back! Join us via livestream on March 7th starting at 9:00 AM PST to find out what’s being released in the next Windows 10 Update. Tune into the keynote by Kevin Gallo, Vice President of the Windows Developer Platform, and live Q&A session to be the first to hear about the newest features and updates.
Learn what’s coming for developers in the next Windows 10 Update 
No matter what you’re working on, you’ll find new features and improvements to make your software more compelling:
Building for the modern workplace – Upgrade and redefine your code. We’ll discuss improvements on how we’re evolving our platform to make it easier than ever to update your existing Windows applications with new functionality.
Making your applications part of the intelligent edge – The ability to have software quickly make complex calculations and inferences is critical for building applications in a fast-changing market. Learn how you can enable your application to be a native part of the intelligent edge.
Windows Developer Day is the only place to find out what’s coming for developers in the next Windows 10 Update, so RSVP today!