Microsoft Corporation is set to reclaim its position in the tech space and the new Windows 10 is the key. Microsoft has released the lighter version of the Windows 10 to power the Internet of Things as the world becomes more connected. The Windows 10 IoT Core sets Microsoft apart in the IoT space and it beats Apple’s foray into IoT with its HomeKit.
Windows 10 IoT Core is created as the OS for all kinds of connected devices from your smart phone to garage doors, and robotic air-hockey tables. The firm says, “Windows 10 IoT Core is a new edition for Windows targeted towards small, embedded devices that may or may not have screens.”
Apple Inc. first unveiled the Windows 10 IoT core at the //build/ conference in May. In the last two months, the OS has gotten key updates that will support its growth. For instance, it now has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to keep devices connected to the Web.
The firm has a full list of the key features that will help Windows 10 IoT core get started on a high-sounding note.
Outpacing Apple in the IoT space
Apple has its eyes on the IoT space because it can’t rely on growth from the iPhone for much longer. In July, Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner said that the “the overall smartphone market slowing” and that means “slower growth rates for Apple.” Apple’s key to get into the IoT space is its HomeKit Hub and Apple even stepped on Google’s toes when it stopped selling Nest thermostats for the Homekit powered Ecobee 3.
The problem with Apple’s IoT push however is that, its HomeKit is not yet ready for the market – at least not without an Apple TV. Apple’s HomeKit project was not able to obtain a decent launch because there was no Apple TV to act as the center of Apple’s IoT experience.
It doesn’t look as if the Apple TV will launch anytime soon as the iPhone 7 and iOS 9 dominate talks for the next quarter. Hence, Apple might actually be sitting on the sidelines as Microsoft takes the lead in the IoT space with the Windows 10 IoT core.
Microsoft’s IoT push is here to stay
Microsoft is setting up the Windows 10 IoT core to be the go-to OS in the IoT space and the firm has some cool projects to show what the Windows 10 IoT Core can do. Below is a sampling of some Hackster.IO projects that Microsoft says are in the works.
Microsoft says that its team is working on a kit that will allow users to build a robot using a Rasberry Pi 2 and Windows 10 core. They’re also working on using an Arduino and a Windows Phone app to control lighting and some other home automation projects with the RPi2.
The firm says that some hackers are working on handheld fan control using a RPi2 and Windows 10 Core. GoPiGo, is a project from another amateur team. They’ve put together a remote control car building kit which is based on a RPi2.
With its framework already out there, and those with a love for hacking together software systems already working to build on top of it, it seems that Microsoft is already ahead of Apple in IoT. Those fans of the Cupertino firm still waiting for it to get into the business, could be waiting quite a while.