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Microsoft and Verizon partner up to improve efficiency in business and enterprise with 5G

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft and Verizon partnered together to deliver an on-premises, private edge compute solution.
  • The solution uses Microsoft's Azure and Verizon's 5G Edge to deploy real-time enterprise applications.
  • A video shows how a company called Ice Mobility uses Azure and Verizon 5G Edge to reduce human error.

Verizon announced a partnership with Microsoft that will allow organizations to deploy real-time enterprise applications. The solution uses Microsoft's Azure Stack Edge and Verizon 5G Edge. Because of the low latency, the setup can work with computer vision, augmented and virtual reality, and machine learning.

"Manufacturers can maximize performance of their assets, optimize their operations to run smoothly, minimize downtime and gain end-to-end visibility across all processes to make faster, smarter decisions," according to [Verizon](/e?

"Our partnership with Microsoft brings 5G Edge to enterprises, dropping latency at the edge, helping critical, performance-impacting applications respond more quickly and efficiently," said Sampath Sowmyanarayan, chief revenue officer of Verizon Business. "5G is ushering in next-generation business applications, from core connectivity to real-time edge compute and new applications and solutions that take advantage of AI transforming nearly every industry."

The low latency of the setup allows companies to utilize computing in a way that wasn't available before. Verizon shares a video of a supply chain solutions company called Ice Mobility that uses Verizon 5G Edge and Azure Stack Edge. Ice Mobility uses the technologies to lower human error by tracking inventory through the supply chain.

"Business innovation demands powerful technology solutions and central to this is the intersection between the network and edge" said Yousef Khalidi, corporate vice president of Azure for Operators at Microsoft. "Through our partnership with Verizon, we are providing customers with powerful compute and storage service capabilities at the edge of customers' networks, enabling robust application experiences with increased security."

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at

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  • I've long had the opinion that we'll someday be able to run our local networks/subnets as VLANs within the cellular system.