Microsot announced yesterday that it has acquired Solair, an Italian company that  delivers Internet of Things (IoT) services to customers across a number of industries, including manufacturing, retail, food & beverage and transportation.

With this acquisition, Microsoft aims to offer more IoT offerings for enterprises, by helping customers harness their untapped data and create new intelligence with IoT.

The IoT movement is gathering steam, and Microsoft is just the latest in a long line of tech companies to get aboard. With Solair’s IoT customization and deployment offerings integrated into the Azure cloud platform, IoT can help empower more businesses in any industry to achieve increased efficiency and profit opportunity.

Rancillo Group, an Italian manufacturer of espresso machines, has also tapped into the expertise of Solair for the manufacture of their full line of espresso machines, allowing the company to remotely monitor the machines.

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Solair’s IoT customization and deployment solutions, built on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, are engineered to help businesses in any industry utilize IoT to run more efficiently and profitably.

“From the very start, our mission has been to help customers quickly and easily gain access to the huge benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT),” said Solair CEO, Tome Davis in a prepared statement. “By building our solutions based on real customer requirements that allow them to gain real value, I’m confident that Solair’s technology and talent will be able to make an important contribution to Microsoft’s Azure IoT Suite and Microsoft’s broader IoT ambitions,” he added.