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Analyst’s report details Microsoft’s ‘opportunities,’ ‘threats’ when it comes to the Internet of Things

December 2, 2013 From the desk of Suzanne Choney, Microsoft News Center Staff

An analyst’s recent report about Microsoft’s Windows Embedded business finds it has both “opportunities and threats” in the “great, burgeoning industry of the Internet of Things,” writes Kevin Dallas, general manager for Windows Embedded, in a blog post.

“The past few weeks have seen multiple major product and program announcements — the release ofWindows Embedded 8.1 Industry, closely followed by its availability through volume licensing; Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems’ general availability; and some really exciting changes to our partner program,” he writes.

“But after weeks of concerted effort, it’s good to pause and take a realistic look at the true progress we’re making in the industry. The Internet of Things … is evolving at breakneck speed; what role are Microsoft and Windows Embedded playing in that evolution?” 

Dallas notes that as “early pioneers in this technology, evidence traditionally shows that Microsoft is leading the charge — and we’re not waiting for others to catch up.”

The Gartner report, by analyst Alfonso Velosa, can be viewed here.

“I invite you to review this unvarnished assessment of Windows Embedded’s position in the Internet of Things,” writes Dallas, who is also encouraging feedback about the report on the Windows Embedded Blog. You can also head there to read the full post by Dallas.