As the buzz around Internet of Things gathers pace, am compelled to reflect on how futuristic are we talking of. If you look outside the realm of pure-play software ecosystem, you would note that connected devices have been around for a bit. Think of sensors, medical devices, assembly line machines and so on that have the ability to collect, generate and share data. Connecting these devices to the internet using cloud infrastructure and generating BI gathered from the massive amounts of data these devices produce is a real possibility today.

The true benefit of Internet of things is when this data is seamlessly fed from devices into enterprise applications and transformed into credible information that will help your business capitalize on new opportunities.

Therefore, at Microsoft we have taken a very practical approach to Internet of things. IoT is here today and is generating ROI by driving insights and efficiencies into the business. This infographic really sums it up. We believe the right approach to IoT is to think about what matters to your business the most, your devices, your applications, your services and your data to create truly intelligent systems.

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At Microsoft, we are delivering technologies and services for IoT scenarios today. A unique, integrated approach for enterprises, spanning from small connected sensors to rich industry devices, these intelligent systems help enterprises gather data from the edge of the network, process it with Microsoft’s data platform and serve it securely through engaging applications that drive real-time analysis and actionable opportunities. This is all possible through technology innovations that leverage the vast potential of data.

Learn more about intelligent systems, the Microsoft solution for the Internet of Things, at www.microsoft.com/intelligentsystems

In addition, we are committed to bring Windows to small class of devices. This July, we announced the Windows Developer Program for IoT. This is the first in a series of Internet of Things (IoT) programs for the creation of connected devices and is tailor-made for both makers and Windows developers entering into the IoT space. You will find access to documentation and examples to support the developer kits that we are shipping in small batches. These developer kits include a Galileo board and preview Windows image that supports the standard Arduino Wiring API set and a subset of Win32 API. Note : This Windows image does not yet support Galileo boards outside of our program and therefore are to be used as POC and not for regular business.

Head to the Windows on Devices Portal to get more information on how you can participate, leverage and benefit from the Windows IoT Program. You can also follow more updates using  #winbuilder on twitter!

If you have already received your devkits, then today, we released an updated Preview Windows Image for Intel Galileo Gen1 Boards. Read more about how to mount this image - http://bit.ly/1pAmAfW Do provide us with your feedback to continue making Windows even better in this class of devices.

If you are already building a solution on with devices & sensors (Windows or otherwise), I would love to hear about it and support it, please connect with me @aditeerele on twitter.