When we think of the Internet of Things, stuff like Web-connected cars, key-chain finders and door locks are usually among the first things that come to mind.
Microsoft is hoping to change that with an Italian company it just purchased called Solair. This is definitely not the type of IoT company you and me will ever buy anything from though. It focuses on connecting up business customers, including "manufacturing, retail, food & beverage and transportation," Microsoft said.
"Solair shares our ambition for helping customers harness their untapped data and create new intelligence with IoT, and this acquisition supports our strategy to deliver the most complete IoT offering for enterprises," said Sam George, Microsoft's Partner Director, Azure IoT, in a blog post on Tuesday.
Translation: Microsoft wants to help companies by adding sensors and tracking software to all sorts of stuff. This sort of thing has become one of the megatrends of the tech industry. Connecting everything to the Internet has become a common refrain across nearly all industries, in part because Internet connections have become so ubiquitous and technology to connect devices has become cheap.
Of course, Microsoft isn't new to this world. Its executives have been discussing it for years, and the company also offers technology to help companies create software to track all their Internet-connected things. Solair, Microsoft is betting, should help it do even more.
Microsoft didn't respond to a request for comment about how much it spent on the acquisition.