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Azure IoT Central Remains a Key Component of Microsoft’s IoT Strategy

Microsoft clarifies: Azure IoT Central NOT shutting down despite misleading alert. Message sent in error


has clarified a situation involving Azure IoT Central after a misleading system message led to rumors of its impending shutdown. A notification mistakenly sent out suggested that Azure IoT Central would be discontinued on March 31, 2027, sparking confusion among users and stakeholders. Microsoft promptly addressed the misconception through a recently published blog post. The tech giant confirmed that the message was sent in error and reinforced its dedication to the Azure IoT services.

Commitment to IoT and Future Developments

In their clarification, Microsoft emphasized that the proper protocol for announcing product retirements involves a standard Azure service notification process, which includes a three-year notification period before any support discontinuation. Notably, the company underscored its commitment to helping customers craft IoT solutions tailored to their business needs, showcasing this sector's significance within its adaptive cloud approach. Furthermore, Microsoft is advancing its IoT offerings through the public preview of Azure IoT Operations, a new initiative aimed at simplifying the deployment of IoT services and providing users enhanced control over their IoT devices and data.

Azure IoT Central's Journey and Microsoft's Deprecation Policy

Launched in September 2018, Azure IoT Central was introduced to assist businesses lacking cloud solution expertise in managing and operating their IoT services. Despite recent concerns, this clarification reinforces Microsoft's strategy to support and grow its IoT services portfolio. Alongside this commitment, Microsoft has made several strategic decisions in 2023, including the discontinuation of various features and services like WordPad, Cortana digital assistant, and VBScript. Additionally, Microsoft has outlined its plans for discontinuing support for Windows Mixed Reality headsets in 2026 for consumer editions and in 2027 for commercial editions. The company also announced the end of support for the classic Teams app by June 30, 2024, and projected the discontinuation of support for the Mail and Calendar apps for by the end of 2024.

In light of recent events, it is clear that while Microsoft is streamlining its product lineup, it also recognizes the importance of clear and accurate communication with its user base about such changes. Azure IoT Central's continuation highlights the company's ongoing investment in IoT as a critical aspect of their technology ecosystem.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
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.

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