Microsoft this week announced the launch of Microsoft IoT Central, a software as a service (SaaS) designed to reduce the complexity of deploying internet of things (IoT) solutions. It is a fully managed SaaS offering for customers and partners to deploy IoT products without requiring cloud solution expertise.

In announcing the service, Microsoft acknowledged the benefits of IoT but also its challenges -- its complexity and a shortage of skills for starters -- which makes it difficult for everyone to take advantage of IoT.

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