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The hope? To grease the security skids for internet-connected devices – and they need all the help they can get.

Developers can now use the Rust programming language when creating applications on Azure Sphere platform for internet-connected devices.

Programmers can apply the performance and security capabilities within Rust to make software for Internet of Things devices and other embedded systems that can be the target of botnets and other malware.

"Rust and Azure Sphere are a good match – a programming language that can improve safety of code with strict compile time safety checks alongside Azure Sphere's secure identity, update, and end-to-end encrypted communication services for internet-connected devices should provide greater security to the customer applications," Akshatha Udayashankar, an embedded software engineer at Microsoft, wrote in a blog post this week.