At the ongoing CES 2016, Microsoft announced its strategy to bring Windows 10 as a preferred platform for the future IoT devices. And as a part of that strategy, Microosft is renewing ties with old buddy Samsung, resulting in the unveiling of Galaxy TabPro S.
Microsoft said, that it “shares a common vision [with Samsung] for millions and millions of devices and Things all communicating together using open protocols and standards within inclusive ecosystems.”
In a blog post, Executive Vice President of Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft, Terry Myerson noted that Samsung and Windows have been working together for the last 30 years codesigning many Windows devices. He said,
With Windows 10, both companies wanted to do something great together, and we showcased the new Samsung Galaxy TabPro S, along with our shared vision for future innovation together across the entire Internet of Things.
It is interesting that the new Samsung Galaxy TabProS is the first Windows device by Samsung under the Galaxy series. Until now, the Galaxy phones have only run on Android by Google. Galaxy TabProS is a Surface-like tablet with a detachable keyboard case and stylus input.
In a former partnership, Samsung did use to build its Omnia series of phones, which ran exclusively on Windows Phone OS.
The new TabPro S is thinner and lighter than Surface Pro and iPad Pro, and powered by an Intel Core processor. Inside the device, one gets 128GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. The device is expected to go on sale in Febrauat and will be released in both Wi-Fi and 4G variants.
This partnership is a win-win deal for both Samsung and Windows. Windows, which has so far been far behind its counterparts in the smartphone market, will benefit from the Samsung expertise and experience in the smartphones. Samsung, on the other hand, has been trying to enter the field of IoT devices which are expected to form the core of future technology. And for this, it needs a platform in the form of Windows 10.
Today we were honored to showcase how Windows 10 is the ideal platform for intelligent IoT devices. Our demo on stage highlighted Windows 10 and Samsung IoT-ready appliances working together through a potential scenario of openness and collaboration, creating a future where people have more choice and ultimately can be more productive at home
wrote Myerson in the blog post.
He further wrote that IoT variant of Windows 10 called Windows 10 IoT Core is already being used by major IoT maker boards including Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c, Intel Minnowboard MAX and the Raspberry Pi 2.
There is no denying the fact that IoT is one of the hot trends in the future of technology. And there are many players in the market vying to grab that share of the market. It will definitely be interesting to see how this partnership of two tech giants pans out in that future.