A key use case for Azure is as a place for working with the internet of things.

A selection of IoT-focused services handle working with streams of data from any number of devices, adding machine learning and stream analytics. Most of the features you’ll need come as part of Azure’s IoT Suite, or through Cortana Analytics.
In fact, the only thing that’s missing is the IoT hardware.Where it comes to connecting devices to Azure, Microsoft takes an open approach. You’re not limited to x86 and ARM devices running Windows 10 IoT Core (though I’m sure the folks in Redmond would be quite happy if you chose that approach).
Instead, the only real requirement is the ability to access Azure’s APIs.

That lets you use anything from micro-PCs like the Latte Panda single-board computers with full Windows 10 installs to Raspberry Pis running Linux, as well as simple firmware-driven devices like those using the open source Arduino.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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