In a major move that is hailed asMicrosoft's first IoT chip, the reality is a little different - and that also includes lots of use of the term 'real time'. But Microsoft is certainly trying to be responsible for the launch a new class of microcontroller.
In order to provide a secure, end-to-end environment for the Internet of Things, Microsoft has developed a secure Linux-based operating system called Sphere that runs on existing ARM hardware andsecurity hardware with secure links back to the cloud, in this case Microsoft's Azure cloud service.
The SphereIoT OS offers multiple layers of security. It combines security innovations pioneered in Windows, a security monitor, a custom Linux kernel to create a highly-secured software environment and a trustworthy platform. This also does not make it a real time operating system.