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Internet of Things (IoT)

Connected Devices: Microsoft’s Heritage of Innovation

Almost 20 years ago, MIT professors described a world where “things” (devices or sensors) are connected and able to share data. At that time, Microsoft was forging the technologies to make that prediction a reality.

We are already seeing the impact of new intelligence in our lives in products such as Cortana, Skype Translator, and HoloLens. With our $11.4 billion annual investment and continued commitment to R&D, Microsoft continues to pioneer new technologies and services including drones, healthcare technology, artificial and virtual intelligence, and machine learning. These innovations are redefining boundaries, connectivity, and scales of efficiency across enterprises. Harnessing and analyzing the data from these connected devices is creating powerful new business values and insights.

The Internet of Things is at an inflection point, and Microsoft has helped lead the way, not just in developing the technologies around devices and sensors, but driving innovation, fueling new demands, and inspiring new scenarios to transform how people work, engage, and achieve.

The next generation of groundbreaking, life-changing technologies

By 2020, we expect to see more than 20 billion connected devices, and this new Internet of Things presents enormous opportunities. Streams of data from connected devices and sensors—which Microsoft has helped develop—will provide insights that were previously out of reach. Analyzing and harnessing this data will accelerate the pace of innovation, transforming what’s possible.

In addition to emerging, widely-anticipated device types—such as wearable technology and the connected car—the Internet of Things will shape industries such as home automation, point of sale retail, security and surveillance, medical, and many others.

With a portfolio of more than 60,000 patents, and more than 36,000 pending patent applications, Microsoft is pioneering new technologies and services from drones to healthcare technology, to artificial and virtual intelligence, to machine learning. These advances are redefining industries and helping businesses find extraordinary new efficiencies.

Microsoft Technology and the Internet of Things

From how connected devices run, to how users interact with them, to how devices recognize user inputs and collect data, the Internet of Things is powered by Microsoft advancements. Microsoft innovation connects to every aspect of the Internet of Things, including:

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