Patch Tuesday Will Never Be The Same Again
Microsoft has been touting the merits of Linux and the IoT for two years now, claiming that their Azure Sphere solution will be arriving any day now and today is that day. As opposed to selling internet connected physical bits and bobs, Azure Sphere consists of an Azure Sphere certified micro-controller unit, the Azure Sphere OS and the accompanying Azure Sphere Security Service. They hope to bring a bit of security to the jungle that is the current state of the IoT industry; there are indeed tigers lurking in wait for unsecured and outdated devices.
To make this service more appealing to the various providers and developers Microsoft provided the specifications and design of the chips to anyone who was interested, in the hopes the next generation of products would contain their hardware. It will be very interesting to see how they treat End of Life for the Sphere OS, hopefully a little more carefully than we have seen from existing companies. Drop by The Register for more.
Microsoft insists that Azure Sphere is not really a subscription service. The MediaTek MT3620 Micro-controller unit (MCU) silicon, the Azure Sphere OS and the Azure Sphere Security Service costs up to $8.65 upfront (with volume discounting) and will be supported through July 2031.