Internet of Things (IoT) is most commonly associated with consumer devices like fitness bands and in-car entertainment systems. But IoT actually covers a much wider range of devices, many of which are going to be increasingly important to enterprise users, in terms of both their internal usage and external support strategies. Point-of-service terminals, ATMs, ruggedized handheld phones and tablets, medical equipment, and a lot of other non-consumer-specific devices are all parts of the IoT family.

Microsoft has been a player in the embedded-device space for more than 15 years. But only recently has the company attempted to apply a ...

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