Microsoft has acquired Solair, moving further into the Internet of Things. Solair is an Italian company whose technology is used by businesses to connect and monitor their equipment and devices — ranging from production lines to espresso machines — using cloud services.
It’s the latest move by Microsoft into the Internet of Things and the concept of an “intelligent cloud” under Microsoft cloud and enterprise chief Scott Guthrie. Solair runs on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, and the company says it will integrate the Solair technology into its Azure IoT Suite for its customers to use. Solair works with businesses in industries including manufacturing, retail, food and beverage and transportation.