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Microsoft stretches ‘open’ definition, IoT doesn’t need more such initiatives

Microsoft and BMW’s announcement at Hannover Messe was the launch of the Open Manufacturing Platform (OMP), where the pair called form more partners to sign on, to create more reference designs that can run on Microsoft’s Azure platform. In the past few years, we’ve been pretty pro-Microsoft, but something about this has stuck in our craw. This would be an open platform if it could run on other cloud platforms, but currently, it can’t. This means that it is only ‘open’ if you are an Azure customer, and that’s not exactly open as in open source. There’s been no mention of Microsoft porting the OMP over to AWS or GCP, or any of the plethora of more niche-focused platforms like…

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