AllSeen Alliance logoPhil Goldstein of FierceWireless reported that, “Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) joined the AllSeen Alliance, an open-source project founded on Qualcomm technology and aimed at coming up with a standard to connect devices and have them interact as part of the Internet of Things. The software giant’s participation in the group adds heft to its membership, which has been largely dominated by consumer electronics and home appliance makers.The AllSeen Alliance’s leading members include Haier, LG Electronics, Panasonic and Sharp, and in total the group now has 51 members. Adding Microsoft could ensure that future Windows devices interact with other connected gadgets via the AllSeen Alliance’s specifications.”

Goldstein’s article also states, “”Microsoft believes that the Internet of Things is not a futuristic notion but is here today in the devices, sensors and cloud infrastructure all around us,” Kevin Dallas, the general manager of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group, said in a statement. “But in order to make the Internet of Things truly successful, there are challenges to be addressed in securely connecting and managing all these devices and interacting with cloud services and machine-generated data. We believe the AllSeen Alliance is a very important effort to collaboratively address these challenges, and we’re excited about joining the initiative.” In December 2013, Qualcomm gave the code behind its AllJoyn framework to the Linux Foundation. In turn, the Linux Foundation created the new AllSeen Alliance to use AllJoyn to create a software standard for IoT connections. The goal is to allow devices to discover and interact with nearby products by themselves regardless of their underlying proprietary technology or communications protocols.”

 

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