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Microsoft's New Azure IoT Edge Goes Open Source

Microsoft's cloud-based solution for intelligent, distributed Internet of Things (IoT) devices, Azure IoT Edge, is now live and available via open source code repository GitHub.

According to Microsoft, by open sourcing Azure IoT Edge and making the source code available through GitHub, the company is giving developers more control and flexibility over their edge solutions.

The fully managed Azure IoT Edge service for edge devices brings cloud intelligence via the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and custom logic local to cross-platform devices, which can operate independently, even when offline.

"Now devices can act immediately on real-time data -- whether it be recognizing a crack in a pipe from an aerial view or predicting equipment failure before it happens," Microsoft said in its announcement Wednesday. "As we evolve toward a world of ubiquitous computing, the design of the IoT solution spanning hardware, edge and cloud must be consistent and secure to drive real impact."

Microsoft is also adding several new capabilities developed over the solution's one-year preview period, including broad language support for module SDKs, tooling for Visual Studio Code in the form of the Azure IoT Edge extension, a Visual Studio Team Services CI/CD pipeline, and support for the Moby container management system.

Those new features were added to previous functionality announced at Microsoft's recent Build developer conference, where the company unveiled integration with Microsoft AI services, support for Kubernetes container orchestration, new partnerships, and third-party hardware integrations including DJI drones and the Qualcomm vision AI developer kit.

First-party pricing details are available here.

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David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.