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Microsoft Announces Retirement of Azure IoT Central Service by 2027

Microsoft retires Azure IoT Central in 2027, leaving developers scrambling. Existing applications safe until then, but future projects halted.

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has officially declared the retirement of its Azure IoT Central service, setting a termination date of March 31, 2027. Starting April 1, 2024, developers will no longer be allowed to create new application resources on the platform, though existing IoT Central applications will continue to operate and receive support until the shut-down date. This decision marks a significant shift in Microsoft's approach towards its Azure IoT offerings, comprising IoT Central, IoT Hub, and IoT Edge, all designed to facilitate large-scale management and operation of IoT devices.

Implications for Developers and Partners

The abrupt announcement has caught many developers, who rely on the platform for building and managing IoT solutions, off guard. Despite the assurance that current applications will remain functional until the retirement date, the inability to create new resources poses immediate challenges for ongoing and future projects. This strategic pivot also affects key partners like and Inmarsat, who have previously integrated their services with Azure IoT Central. Their Fleet Command hybrid-cloud platform, for instance, boasts of seamless integration with IoT Central for managing AI deployments across servers or edge devices.

Looking Forward: The Future of Microsoft's IoT Offerings

While Microsoft has yet to detail a direct successor or transition plan for Azure IoT Central users, the company's commitment to its IoT ecosystem remains evident through the continued development of IoT Hub and IoT Edge. IoT Hub offers a robust, cloud-based platform for connecting, monitoring, and managing IoT devices, whereas IoT Edge focuses on executing cloud workloads locally. The retirement of IoT Central may lead to enhanced features or new services within this suite, aiming to meet the evolving needs of developers and enterprises in the IoT domain.

In the wake of this announcement, stakeholders are encouraged to reach out to Microsoft support for guidance on migrating their applications and making the most out of the remaining service period. As the IoT landscape continues to expand, Microsoft's strategic realignments hint at a more focused and possibly more efficient IoT portfolio in the years to come.

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Luke Jones
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Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.