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Azure Sphere: New Linux Powered IoT Microcontroller

Microsoft announced the introduction of Azure Sphere, a new solution for creating highly-secured, internet connected micro controller devices. It combines Microsoft’s cloud expertise, software, and hardware devices to create a secured platform that starts with silicon and extends into the cloud. This is done by combining Azure Sphere MCUs (microcontrollers), Azure Sphere secured operating system (OS), and a turnkey cloud security service. All this is designed to provide you with “the confidence and power to reimagine your business and create the future.


The operating system Microsoft chose for the new Azure Sphere “secured operating system” is Linux; not Windows. The reason is not that Linux might be more secure than Windows. Presumably, the reason Microsoft chose Linux is more to do with the fact that most IoT device platforms are powered by Linux rather than Microsofts Windows 10 IoT Core operating system. So, to compete better in the IoT MCU space, they likely needed to choose Linux. Although, it’s not stated that Linux will be the only option, so we’ll see if Windows 10 IoT Core make an appearance in the Azure Sphere space some time in the future.

You can learn more about Azure Sphere here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/azure-sphere/

The Weeks Top Links

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Azure Service Updates

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Blog Articles

Here’s a collection of some of the most note worthy blog articles posted over the past week:

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Serverless and Functions as a Service (FaaS)

Software as a Service (SaaS)

Command-Line / ARM Templates

Database / Big Data

Internet of Things (IoT)

Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence

Development and DevOps

Containers / Service Fabric

Security / Privacy

Learning / Certification

Azure Government




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Audio / Podcasts

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General Cloud / Related

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Chris Pietschmann is a Microsoft MVP, HashiCorp Ambassador, and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) with 20+ years of experience designing and building Cloud & Enterprise systems. He has worked with companies of all sizes from startups to large enterprises. He has a passion for technology and sharing what he learns with others to help enable them to learn faster and be more productive.
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