Microsoft has built its own custom Linux kernel to power Azure Sphere, a newly launched technology that aims to better secure billions of Internet of things devices by combining the custom Linux kernel with new chip design, and its cloud security service. This new OS is purpose-built to offer unequalled security and agility. Unlike the RTOSes common to MCUs today, our defense-in-depth IoT OS offers multiple layers of security. It combines security innovations pioneered in Windows, a security monitor, and a custom Linux kernel to create a highly-secured software environment and a trustworthy platform for new IoT experiences.Azure Sphere is now available in private preview, and the company will distribute software development kits to everyone interested in hacking Azure Sphere by the middle of this year. To find more details about Azure Sphere, you can head on to Microsoft Azure Sphere’s blog.

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