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Posted By Barb EdsonGeneral Manager, Marketing and Business Development
At this week’s Solid 2014 conference in San Francisco, our team had the chance to demonstrate what’s on the horizon for Microsoft, as our technologies evolve to stretch the limits of what things will become part of the Internet of Things (IoT). In the above video from Solid, Steve Teixeira, a director of program management at Microsoft, talks about the cutting edge of innovation, from Windows interfaces on a tiny chips to universal apps, anticipatory computing and more.
But even as we push the frontier of what is possible — what is new and what is next — when it comes to IoT, Microsoft’s always been about business. The Internet of Things isn’t science fiction for us; it’s about generating bankable business value for our customers by connecting devices, data and services.
That’s why I was particularly encouraged this week to see Network World say this about Microsoft on its list of the Twelve Most Powerful Internet of Things Companies:
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At Windows Embedded, IoT is our DNA; the technologies and services we create exist to help enterprises derive value from the Internet of Things (IoT), whatever their size, their industry or their unique business goals. We’ve summarized the myriad benefits for enterprises that adopt an IoT strategy in a “top ten” list, and we’re especially excited to see Susan Hauser, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President, Enterprise and Partner Group, writing about it today on the Official Microsoft Blog.
Posted By Kristin FlandreauAmericas Group Business Lead
Microsoft delivers a unique, integrated approach for restaurant operators that want to capitalize on the Internet of Things: We enable these customers to connect their “things” to gather, store and analyze data. The resulting business insights enable restaurant operators to truly transform their businesses.
Posted By Charles YuWindows Embedded BG Lead, China
Two of the most popular items on Chinese breakfast menus are fried bread stick (you tiao) and soybean milk (dou jiang). The wonderful smell of crispy, tasty golden bread stick and delicious soybean milk brings back memories from a long time ago. However, I was able to relive the memory again recently inside a Yonghe King (Yong He Da Wang) restaurant, part of a fast-growing Chinese quick-service chain. Yonghe King’s bright red storefronts are a familiar sight across the major cities in China. The chain has 300 locations and plans to have 1,000 stores by 2018.
Chain restaurants are growing fast in China as a result of an increasingly faster-paced lifestyle. There is a strong need and desire to connect all stores in a chain together, thus harnessing all their value. Creating efficiency while your business rapidly expands is no easy feat, but that’s exactly what Yonghe King has done by taking advantage of the Internet of Things. Using an intelligent systembased on Microsoft technologies, the chain has increased profits, streamlined the process of opening new stores, enabled greater control over inventory systems and improved customer service. Customers certainly benefit from these efficiencies. My fried bread stick and soybean milk cost less than $1 each (RMB 5 and RMB 6, respectively), and I got to enjoy these traditional breakfast items all day long. Many stores are even open 24 hours.
Posted By Guillaume EstegassyWindows Embedded Business Lead, Japan
At Retail Tech Japan 2014, held earlier this spring in Tokyo, we demonstrated how Windows Embedded and Microsoft Azure provide a great platform for POS, kiosks, vending machines and digital signage for retail. In this video, we would like to introduce you to a unique tablet POS for retail, created by Empathy Co. Ltd. and running on Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry.