I can see Microsoft uniting its various platforms with this standard, but it remains an open question whether users will accept it. It hasn't worked out well so far for Windows 8, which unites tablet and PC platforms with a common UI. If this standard puts too much baggage on either the high or low ends of the market it could have problems, just as Win8 works better for touch-based systems than standard PC hardware.
Replay available now: A handful of emerging network technologies are competing to be the preferred wide-area connection for the Internet of Things. All claim lower costs and power use than cellular but none have wide deployment yet. Listen in as proponents of leading contenders make their case to be the metro or national IoT network of the future. Rick Merritt, EE Times Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, moderators this discussion. Join in and ask his guests questions.