FOLLOWING HOT ON THE HEELS of the recently announced Android Wear SDK, a website announcing the arrival of Microsoft for Devices has appeared, and promptly disappeared.
Microsoft's Build 2014 event starts today in San Francisco at 4.30pm UK time, and it appears that this website might have been a premature preview of what is in store there.
Along with the expected announcement of a major update for Windows 8.1 that has already been leaked, Microsoft appears to be preparing to dive headfirst into the Internet of Things.
The website presented smart coffee mugs, robots, bears and even an internet connected piano that it revealed to be demonstrated over the coming days.
It said "the next big thing is small" and referenced a software development kit (SDK) that will be ready sometime this spring.
The website went up and then was taken down quite quickly, so we weren't able to grab any screenshots, but you can expect that the link will go live again as soon as the announcement is made at Build 2014, probably later today.
Windows for Devices seems to have a tie-in with Intel, and if it's anything like Google's earlier announcement we can expect some device announcements shortly after the Build event opens.
Privacy watchers will be watching what Microsoft has planned for its Internet of Things devices. In a recent INQUIRER debate, the proposition that "The Internet of Things will kill privacy" was narrowly defeated by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent. µ
Plus the cost of ambition as moonshots eat into the coffers
Spoiler alert: it's probably VeriSign
Did we say cuts off? We meant traps them inside their own home