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By Rich Handley

Tuya, Microsoft Collaborate to Power Smart-Home Products on Azure Cloud Platform

Tuya, an artificial intelligence and Internet of Things company, has announced a new partnership with Microsoft to deliver Tuya-powered smart-home and smart-office products on Microsoft's Azure Cloud in the third quarter of this year. In addition to the cloud partnership, Microsoft and Tuya will cooperate on customer development, offering the Tuya AI + IoT platform and Azure Cloud platform as options for smart-home and smart-office device developers.

"Our partnership with Tuya aligns with Microsoft Azure's goal of using the cloud and AI to build increasingly intelligent edge devices and solutions," said Mark Linton, Microsoft's general manager for consumer and device sales, in a prepared statement. "Tuya's wide offering of customers and solutions immediately expands the connected systems and devices that make up the intelligent edge, boosting the power of smart devices in homes and offices."

The partnership will provide Tuya with access to Azure's five million enterprise customers, who will benefit from its AI- and IoT-based platform that is already powering lighting, appliances, and environmental and surveillance equipment. In return, Tuya's more than 93,000 customers will now have more cloud options.

"We're excited to be working with Microsoft to bring the benefits of Azure to our platform customers," said Alex Yang, Tuya's co-founder and COO, in the prepared statement. "Azure's capability in providing storage, backup and recovery is a great benefit for any smart device we power, whether it be for the smart home or office."

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