Microsoft will bring Windows to a new class of devices...like a coffee mug

At BUILD 2014, Microsoft will announce a new way to create the 'Internet of things'. On its newly launched website, Windowsondevices.com, the company lays the foundation for creating the next generation of connected devices like a smart coffee mug, teddy bear, or really anything else that isn't currently connected to the Internet.

On the website, which is launching along side the BUILD conference, Microsoft says that they will release an SDK this spring that will help developers build small and smart devices. While the devices are targeted at being small, that's not a limitation by any means as Microsoft states that they will be showing off a piano using the new technology at BUILD.

The new SDK will help you utilize Intel's Galileo platform, and likely other platforms too, and Microsoft will provide documentation to help get users up to speed on the newest ways to put Windows to work on your devices.

It's clear that Microsoft will be targeting smaller devices with this platform and the WindowsOnDevices.com URL says it all; Microsoft wants to have the premier platform for the next generation of the "Internet of Things" and it looks like this will be the first big step towards making that happen.

View: WindowsOnDevices.com | Thanks for the tip H0x0d!

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If windows is going to work with devices like a coffee mug, does it mean it will utilize the hyper text coffee pot control protocol?

This site is currently not available.... nice one Microsoft... using one of your main services to host the website to demonstrate a new technology you're launching and that website goes down...

Microsoft might be going into the smart watch sector maybe? Google jumped in recently, and I bet Microsoft was planning the same.

Well I guess the modern UI has the ability to adapt its interface to any screensize. Although Microsoft hasnt really shown they're aware of this. I mean they could create a dynamic UI that fills up the amount of tiles that fit vertically and create as many rows as necessary. And have the tile UI scroll vertically on portrait devices and horizontally when you turn it into a landscape devices.

Just to help clarify, this is supposed to be about Sensors, Robotics, and controlling hardware devices.

I'm not sure if it is a direct evolution from .NET Microframe or which mix of technologies. I would be surprised if it didn't in someway include the new device stack in Windows 8.1.


Mobius Enigma said,

Nah, Microsoft doesn't make Android. :)

Are you sure? Nokia makes an Android phone and Microsoft just bought Nokia.

recursive said,

Are you sure? Nokia makes an Android phone and Microsoft just bought Nokia.

Nokia doesn't make Android either.

I think you are looking for a company called Google.

Even Cyanogen doesn't make Android, they repackage code from Google.

With IPv6, we could assign an address to every cell in every person's body and still have a silly number left over. I think we could spare one for the kid's bear.

Your really should update your coffee mug now, after 8 April you will no longer receive updates and your coffee mug will be susceptible to viruses. You can also trade in your old coffee mug for a new one and you'll receive a € 4.99 discount.