The limited public preview of the Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service, launched three months ago, has generated so much interest that the preview will be expanded to include more companies, writes Barb Edson, general manager of marketing for Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise.
The Windows Embedded team notes a story on PSFK about one team’s use of special Gatorade bottles at the world’s premier soccer event that are equipped with sensors to track how much each player drinks. The information is then sent in real time to coaches and trainers, who are able to view and track the information via a hydration tracking app.
A post in the New York Times highlights how Seattle is a cloud-first city, and Microsoft a cloud-first company, of course, starting cloud computing some 20 years ago, writes Nayana Singh on the Windows Embedded blog.
In the video here, Steve Teixeira, a director of program management at Microsoft, talks about innovation in the Internet of Things, from Windows interfaces on tiny chips to universal apps, anticipatory computing and more.
Three intelligent systems partners will demonstrate how they’re using Microsoft’s approach to the Internet of Things to harness data to help restaurant owners transform their businesses at the National Restaurant Association Show May 17-20 in Chicago.
By using an intelligent system based on Microsoft technologies, the chain has increased profits, streamlined the process of opening new stores, gotten more control over inventory systems and improved customer service.
At Retail Tech Japan 2014, held earlier this spring in Tokyo, Microsoft demonstrated how Windows Embedded and Microsoft Azure provide a platform for point-of-sale, kiosks, vending machines and digital signage for retail. In the video here, you’ll see a tablet that can be used to take payments for retail and restaurants, created by Empathy Co. Ltd. and running on Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry.
The Internet of Things can sound like an overwhelming term, but for a business, its applications are varied and vitally important: It can mean giving you a clearer understanding of how many people are in your store each hour, or what the average temperature is in your largest machine room, or how long it takes to get prescriptions from your hospital pharmacy to the patients, writes Barb Edson on the Windows Embedded blog.
In alignment with the general availability of Windows 8.1 Update, the Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Update is now available to customers and partners via Windows Update, Microsoft OEM Online and Volume Licensing Service Center.