The Internet of Things (IoT) concept only deals in trillions. When it comes to objects, it is estimated to be able to encode anywhere from 50 to a 100 trillion individual objects.
And speaking in terms of money, the market is set to grow to the unimaginable highs of $19 trillion.
No wonder then that Microsoft wants in early. The software titan recently made its ambitions clear in this domain — as have other technology giants like Google. But Redmond has now finally reached another important milestone.
That is of a new custom Windows operating system designed for this exciting and connected world.
Last we heard from the company, Microsoft had outlined plans to bring its flagship operating system to small devices, anything from jugs to mugs. And earlier this year, the Windows Developer Program for IoT was also initiated with the aim of brining Windows to this new class of small devices.
And now Microsoft has made the preview version of this OS (Windows for Internet of Things) available to all developers with Galileo boards that can be purchased from third party retailers.
Yes, the Intel boards that are about the size of a credit card, and make use of the Quark system-on-a-chip. Nothing flash in terms of processing prowess, and only 32-bit, but promising limitless potential.
Microsoft have labeled this as a non-commercial version of Windows, and the company wants to make it much more universally available. This flavor of the operating system only supports the first generation Galileo boards, not the Galileo Gen 2 that launched earlier this month.
Work is already underway on a future update to the new Windows IoT that adds support for this.
Those of you that have the first generation boards can find the instructions on how to install the operating system and other such details here.
This could be the start of something big.
Like science fiction big.