Windows IoT is the new name for the Windows Embedded. Windows has always played a role in powering single-purpose devices that span industrial control, retail, healthcare, and beyond. With the new branding and increased investments, Microsoft is now working on Windows 10 IoT edition. Windows 10 IoT offers a converged platform for devices with enterprise-grade security from the device to the cloud, and native connectivity for machine-to-machine and machine-to-cloud scenarios with Azure IoT Services.
This week at WinHEC, we announced a third IoT edition of Windows 10 that is targeted at the lowest footprint and resource consumption possible, making it suitable for small devices.
This new edition of Windows 10 builds on the same one core OS and platform that underlies Windows 10 for phones or PCs, but is optimized for single-app/purpose-built IoT devices. This edition of Windows is capable of running the same universal apps and universal drivers that can be deployed to PCs or phones. To keep storage and memory costs low, this edition of Windows 10 does not include a Windows start experience or in-box apps. Instead, the device maker builds the device experience as a Windows universal app and configures the device to launch that app at boot, giving the device developer complete control over the device experience.
Microsoft today announced that they are adding support for Qualcomm DragonBoard 410C to the Windows 10 device family. The Qualcomm DragonBoard 410C is the first Windows 10 developer board with integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS, and a smartphone-class Snapdragon 410 chipset.
Microsoft recently announced Azure IoT Suite which is an integrated offering that takes advantage of all the relevant Azure capabilities, simplified billing and easy provisioning to help businesses connect, manage and analyze all of their “things.” Available in preview later this year this new offering will provide businesses with finished applications targeting common IoT scenarios – such as remote monitoring, asset management and predictive maintenance – to simplify deployment and provide the ability to scale their solution to millions of “things” over time.