Microsoft today announced (opens in new tab) that Azure IoT Edge is exiting preview, just a year after it was initially launched. Now generally available, Azure IoT Edge is also going open source and picking up some improvements for enterprise users to check out.
In terms of enhancements, Microsoft says Azure IoT Edge now supports the open-source Moby container management system and the exosystem of certified hardware is expanding to certify additional functionalities like device management and security. As of this release, IoT Edge is now open source and available on Github, which Microsoft recently acquired to the tune of $7.5 billion.
IoT Edge has also picked up support for Device Provisioning Service and Automatic Device Management (ADM). Device Provisioning Service allows for devices to be automatically and securely provisioned, while ADM allows for deployment of IoT Edge modules to devices based on metadata.
Finally, the developer experience is seeing some love as well with broad programming language support and support for developing, coding, debugging, and deploying directly from VSCode.
The news of Azure IoT Edge's general availability comes as Microsoft is expanding Azure to two new regions in China (opens in new tab).
Cloud computing and the intelligent edge are two important focal points for Microsoft going forward. Earlier this year, the company announced a major reorganization of its internal teams, largely focused on AI and edge computing. IoT devices, along with their security and management, stand to play a larger role in Microsoft's efforts going forward.
What does this mean for smart speakers, like the Invoke? It feels like that device hasn't gotten any love. Multi-device media playback was promised last year and we still haven't heard anything about it.
Exactly. Putting the Invoke front and center on the article is misleading if this doesn't really have any direct relevancy on its functionality.
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