Windows IoT Core is a version of Windows 10 that is optimized for smaller devices with or without a display that run on both ARM and x86/x64 devices. Johnson Control’s GLAS thermostat for example runs on Windows 10 IoT Core.
Today at Computex 2018, Microsoft announced new Windows 10 IoT Core Services that will provide 10 years of support along with services to manage device updates and assess device health. This will enable Microsoft’s partners to build secure IoT-device based on Windows with the confidence of maintaining their device up-to-date even after years.
Unlike Windows 10 IoT Core which is available for free, Windows 10 IoT Core Services will be a paid offering for IoT devices. Read about the advantages of this new Windows 10 IoT Core Services below:
- 10 years of Windows OS support via the Windows Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) which provides quality updates to keep device security up to date.
- Update control with the newly announced Device Update Center (DUC) which provides the ability to create, customize, and control device updates. Updates can be applied to the operating system, device drivers, as well as OEM-specific applications and files. Updates can be flighted to test devices prior to broader distribution.
- Device Health Attestation (DHA) enables enterprises and OEMs to raise the security bar of their organization with hardware-attested security. This service evaluates device health and can be combined with a device management system, such as Azure IoT Device Management.
Windows 10 IoT Core Services is currently in limited preview and it will be generally available later this year.