A plan unveiled Friday called for a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute to work on new kinds of flexible technology that can be used both on the battlefield or for civilian health, smart homes and cities.
The process of collecting, analyzing and making decisions from equipment data has been a time-consuming process for most OEMs. But recent advances in software have simplified remote monitoring and diagnostics, even resulting in cost savings for OEMs.
With Windows 10, which will be released today, Microsoft hopes to break the cycle in which consumers shun Windows for mobile. According to one analyst, 'This is all in the direction of building a relationship, being connected with you.'
Smart machines and robust cloud-based data systems offer manufacturers new business opportunities. Microsoft and manufacturing customers demonstrated the possibilities at the Hannover Messe trade fair.