IoT-powered platform Particle has announced a collaboration with Microsoft to expand its suite of IoT development tools with the introduction of Particle Workbench, which aims to accelerate the time to market for IoT products.
The Particle Workbench will leverage Microsoft's code editor studio, Visual Studio Code, which according to Particle will offer IoT developers an "all-in-one and ready-to-use out-of-the-box experience to develop, program and debug professional-grade apps."
Particle CEO and co-founder, Zach Supalla said: "Our vision is to provide a fully integrated, seamless platform for developers to build the best IoT products possible, without the need to piece together individual costly features.
"We made the choice to work with Microsoft on the release of Particle Workbench in response to the urging of our customers who wanted access to a robust desktop development tool. Microsoft's leadership in building developer experiences and commitment to open source made them a natural choice," he added.
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According to Particle, in addition to customized Particle extensions, the platform will be integrating Microsofts Visual Studio Code to enable access by over 8,000 extensions from Microsoft's Visual Studio Marketplace to enhance platform capabilities.
The Workbench platform was announced in addition to Particles other IoT developments at the company's customer conference. The other developments included, Particle IoT Rules Engine, Particle Mesh ships to 5,800-plus customers, Particle Mesh SOMs and a Professional Desktop Developer Tool – all developed with a common goal to accelerate time to market.