Nick Parker, corporate vice president, Consumer and Device Sales, showcased how Microsoft's vision to bring the industry together to build the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge.
"For Microsoft, it's more than just screens and devices; it's about creating services and experiences with technology that support ambitions and aspirations," Parker said. "Imagine the devices and experiences we can create with ubiquitous computing, infused with AI and connected to the cloud. This is such an incredible time for the industry."
Parker was joined on stage by Roanne Sones, corporate vice president, Platforms, who announced a new partner community for the intelligent edge, a new category of Windows 10 devices called Windows Collaboration Displays and a new offering with Windows 10 IoT Core Services.
The intelligent cloud and intelligent edge will offer a new world of possibilities for the industry to deliver custom experiences for everyone, whether a thermostat in a smart home or an interactive display in a smart office.
Microsoft invited partners to join its intelligent edge partner community, which will help partners connect with one another to identify opportunities to collaborate on technology. In addition, community members will be able to participate in trainings and community events, and can participate in early adopter programs that provide access to documentation, specs, OS builds and certification details.
The company also revealed a new service offering that will enable its partners to commercialize a secure IoT device. The service offering helps make it easier to manage updates for the OS, apps, settings and OEM-specific files; includes Device Health Attestation (DHA); and is backed with 10 years of support.
Microsoft also announced new opportunities to bring Microsoft 365 experiences to life through a new category of devices called Windows Collaboration Displays. These large interactive displays will let people experience Microsoft 365 collaboration tools: Office, Teams, and Whiteboard at room scale, and include built-in sensors that can connect to Azure IoT spatial intelligence capabilities. A variety of collaboration displays, from Sharp and Avocor will be available later this year.