back to article Microsoft retires Azure IoT Central retirement announcement

Microsoft has now admitted that its recent announcement about retiring a key plank of its Azure IoT platform was a mistake. In a blog published on February 16, a day after The Register broke the news that Redmond planned to end the Azure IoT Central service – a platform within the Azure IoT stack – in 2027, Microsoft said the …

  1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    You can't simply "present" an announcement in error. You have to write it first and that surely involves a bit of intention.

    1. Yorick Hunt Silver badge

      Sounds a bit like the pre-written obituaries newspapers keep for prominent figures (and have been known to accidentally publish ahead of time).

      1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

        Presumably Google do this — before you're allowed to publish a new product or service, you have to write the announcement withdrawing it. Then they schedule a job to push that out automatically after a couple of years.

    2. Ken Moorhouse Silver badge

      Re: You have to write it first...

      Unless they've introduced a 'random mystery topic' in ChatGPT.

      Remember all those programs that give you a "thought for the day"? This is the next generation.

  2. kipwoo

    Azure Media Services anyone?

    “standard Azure service notification process including a notification period of 3 years before discontinuing support.”

    They haven’t given their 3 year notice period on Azure Media Services. Announced 30th June 2023, gone 30th June 2024 with no alternative provided other than switching to a 3rd party marketplace provider. They just make it up as they go along, with complete disregard to the impact they have on their customers.

  3. ldo

    “Vendors were focused only on owning the platform ...”

    Presumably this applies to proprietary platforms, not open-source ones like the Raspberry Pi and Arduino.

    But that suits us normal people fine. If all the proprietary megacorps manage to wrestle each other to a stalemate, that leaves the field wide open for the open-source products to achieve widespread adoption, without vendor lock-in. Win, win, really.

  4. Ken Moorhouse Silver badge

    ...the cost of Microsoft retiring the platform could be huge...

    That's never stopped them from doing so in the past.

    1. ldo

      Re: ...the cost of Microsoft retiring the platform could be huge...

      It would mean the collapse of their entire IoT strategy.

      And put another nail in the coffin of “The Year Of Windows On Something Other Than The Desktop” ...

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