Windows 10 will provide support for the open-source AllJoyn standard which will allow plug-and-play connectivity with the “Internet of Things” device standards.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is no longer a technological marvel happening in the distant future. The technical obstacles that have held up progress in the interconnection of just about everything have been overcome, and an explosion of new services, devices, and applications is just around the corner. Make no mistake about it, the way we live our collective lives is about to change.

Microsoft plans to play a major role in the IoT universe, so when Windows 10 becomes available on July 29, 2015, it will support the open-source standard AllJoyn. Developed by the AllSeen Alliance, AllJoyn is a common language all IoT devices can use to communicate. This native support means that any Windows 10 device can control any AllJoyn-aware device in the network.

The AllSeen Alliance includes over 150 companies from around the world that have joined together to create an open-source standard framework supporting communication between things. Being open source, AllJoyn will work on all the major platforms, including Linux, Windows, Android, and Apple iOS. However, it is notable that Microsoft is the only commercial operating system developer in the alliance. Both Apple and Google have developed their own frameworks for the IoT.

The goal of the AllSeen Alliance and the AllJoyn protocol is to make connecting things to the network a simple plug-and-play experience. Plug in your brand new LG 79″ class 2160P Smart 3D Ultra HD 4K TV and it’s immediately seen and connected to any AllJoyn device on the network. In particular, Microsoft wants that connection to be to any Windows 10 device. There are numerous devices already supporting the AllJoyn protocol, and more are sure to follow.