Microsoft recently announced that the company has joined other industry leaders to create the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) which is committed to furthering industry standards for the Internet of Things.
The OCF will create a set of open specifications and protocols to enable devices from a variety of manufacturers to securely and seamlessly interact with one another. Regardless of the manufacturer, operating system, chipset or transport – devices that adhere to the OCF specifications will simply work together.
Microsoft’s participation, along with founding members Cisco, Electrolux, General Electric, Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung and others, have made the OCF the world’s largest open IoT standard group, with the goal of accelerating industry innovation for all their customers, ultimately benefiting billions of people around the world.
Windows 10, Azure IoT and the OCF
Microsoft is committed to the establishment and growth of the OCF, and is designing Windows 10 to be the ideal OS platform for Things, and the Azure IoT platform to be the best cloud companion for Things. And for both of them to interoperate with all Things.
Windows 10 devices will natively interoperate with the new OCF standard, making it easy for Windows to discover, communicate, and orchestrate multiple IoT devices. The OCF standards will also be fully compatible with the 200 million Windows 10 devices designed for “AllSeen.” Windows 10 will also soon include APIs to help developers easily integrate with OCF compatible devices.
Additionally, please check out the Microsoft Windows Blog for full details on the announcements, or you can read the full press releasehere.