back to article Internet of Tardiness: Microsoft puts on a brave face as IoT boat prepares to set sail

Microsoft's scattergun approach to IoT continued at the company's virtual Build shindig with Azure IoT Central gaining new toys, updates for Digital Twins, and Azure RTOS reaching General Availability. CEO Satya Nadella famously shunted the company toward the IoT world, having realised that the BSOD Bobs had missed the boat on …

  1. Headley_Grange Silver badge

    Missed the Boat

    There's also an opportunity to learn from the first phase of the IoT and build something better. Maybe give guarantees about not bricking your kit or removing core functionality after a couple of years to "nudge" users into buying new kit. Or perhaps develop good security standards. How about a standard interface that ordinary users can use to secure their devices, networks and data without needing a degree in computer science.

    1. IGotOut Silver badge

      Re: Missed the Boat

      They are saying OTA updates, but depends on who pushed them out.

      Hopefully they go the Winphone method, when you could pull updates direct from MS rather than relying on the carrier or in this case, the manufacturer.

    2. Dinanziame Silver badge

      Re: Missed the Boat

      Security, compatibility, ease of use: Pick one. Not two, one.

    3. druck Silver badge

      Re: Missed the Bloat

      Finally, Microsoft also announced plans to reduce the footprint of Windows for IoT by 40 per cent

      Missed the boat, missed the bloat more like.

      If they are trimming 40% of the unnecessary crap, there will still be at least another 40% remaining.

  2. Denarius

    so MS are using the Ignite label ?

    so has HP buried HPUX completely with its bootable image for server cloning also known as Ignite ? Personally, prefer AIX mksysb as bit more configurable once one knows which files to edit. Read no recent reference to ElRegs pithy Itanic perjorative either so assumed entire post ParaRisc plan a complete failure

  3. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    Missing the boat

    It's an age-old tradition at Borkzilla, followed by massive investments and purchasing of small companies to catch up, followed by unsatisfactory product and ending in cancellation of the whole fiasco.

    And all of this is made possible by Windows and Office licenses which are the two things that Microsoft has done reasonably well and the only things that have ever really brought in the money.

    Okay, there's Azure that's not doing bad now either, granted. But frankly, everything else Borkzilla has ever attempted ended in failure. Might be time to draw some conclusions, don't you think ?

    1. juice

      Re: Missing the boat

      > Okay, there's Azure that's not doing bad now either, granted. But frankly, everything else Borkzilla has ever attempted ended in failure. Might be time to draw some conclusions, don't you think ?

      To be fair, the Xbox 360 did pretty well. If they hadn't screwed up with the hardware's heat-dissipation capabilities (aka: the RROD and the billion-dollar charge they took as a result), that would have been a nice feather in their cap.

      Admittedly, they then completely screwed things up with the Xbox One by both trying to pivot it into being a living room multimedia center *and* force-bundling it with Kinect, at a point when it was clear that the fad for "movement" controls had long since peaked.

      At least it's still ticking along, even if the PS4 has handily claimed the console crown for this generation!

  4. vtcodger Silver badge

    IOT as a boat

    Missing the IOT boat may not be the worst thing Microsoft could do. So far, the IOT boat looks a lot like the Titanic. Lots of promise one supposes. But so far pretty much a lengthy vista of ill-conceived products and failed concepts. And that's before taking into account the associated security nightmare. It seems to me possible that the IOT will really never be more than an extensive collection of expensive, highly specialized products -- each sold to a comparative handful of customers with specialized needs. More like the automated manufacturing machinery market than a mass market.

    That's perhaps not an ideal marketplace for a company that mostly sells huge numbers of not too specialized thingees to a huge customer base.

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