Windows 11 IoT Enterprise, the next release for the world of Windows IoT!
Microsoft has now released its newest member of the Enterprise family, Windows 11 IoT Enterprise. Thus adding to its offering of Server 2022. With this release, Microsoft continues its commitment in to deliver innovation and provide new functionality to the IoT market.
New Features in Windows 11 IoT Enterprise
Below are the new features that Microsoft have added in Windows 11 IoT Enterprise, enabling the Windows for IoT Ecosystem to build innovative and modern devices.
|Windows 11 IoT Enterprise||Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, Version 21H2|
|Servicing||Annual Release||SAC and LTSC|
|Kiosk Mode Multi App Assigned Access||Coming Soon||X|
|Unified Write Filter (UWF) Updates||X||X|
|Browser Support||Microsoft Edge included in box and follows Modern Lifecycle Policy||Microsoft Edge included in box and follows Modern Lifecycle Policy|
|Soft Real Time||X||X|
|WPA3 H2E Support||X||X|
|Wi-Fi 6E||X||Not Available|
|USB 4.0||X||Not Available|
|Linux GUI Subsystem||X||Not Available|
Windows 11 Hardware Requirements
|Processor||1 GHz or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or system on a chip (SoC)|
|TPM||TPM 2.0 / UEFI Secured Boot|
|Graphics Card||Compatible with DirectX 12.2 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver|
|Display||High definition (720p) display that is greater than 9″, 8 bits per colour channel|
For more information, see Windows 11 specifications
New Windows, New interface!
Typically with a new version of any operating system, certain elements and features change. With Windows 11, this is no different. The changes to the interface are clean and fresh! The modern and evolved approach to an operating system in the IoT world. The accessibility options here have been focused on, built by and for people with disabilities. Enabling device manufacturers to develop, design, and deploy IoT devices that make it easier for people with disabilities to interact with and use their devices.
How important is Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0 in Windows? Well, the simple answer is very!
- It is one of the core system requirements of Windows 11. The TPM is important in today’s modern world, where we live a connected life. TPM can be used to encrypt your storage drive.
- Drive encryption protects your data. How important is your data? We believe it’s very important. Remember your data can include documents such as your identity and operating system files. With traditional anti-malware solutions, your data can be left vulnerable.
- Encryption not only protects your data against vulnerabilities, but it protects your data in the case of physical theft.
Wi-Fi 6E is transmitted over the 6GHz band. The 6GHZ band allows for 14 additional 80 MHz channels and 7 additional 160 MHz channels. This would mean the channels wouldn’t overlap each other, meaning reduced congestion! Meaning Wi-Fi 6E will give you better wireless coverage and performance with added security.
Windows 11 IoT Enterprise brings support to Universal Serial Bus 4 (USB4). In contrast to prior USB protocol standards, USB4 requires USB-C connectors, and for power delivery, it requires support of USB PD. In contrast to USB 3.2, it allows tunneling of DisplayPort and PCI Express.
Windows Subsystem for Linux GUI (WSLg)
WSL lets you run a Linux environment, and up until this point has focused on enabling command-line tools, utilities, and applications. GUI app support enables you to now use your favourite Linux GUI applications with WSL. WSL is used in a wide variety of applications, workloads, and use cases.
What have we learned from Windows 11?
BVM has spent time utilising Windows 11 in our own live environment, and our test engineers who have been given the task to upgrade to Windows 11 have shared their combined experiences.
How was the move to Windows 11, what were your initial thoughts?
We loved the move, and jumped at the chance to upgrade to the new operating system. We have been running Windows 11 in both the professional and enterprise environments and have found it a real ease! Microsoft have really done a great job on this latest release of the operating system.
Deployment and installation
Deployment and installation of Windows 11 has been seamless. Whether the deployment method is utilising a ISO image installed onto a USB key, or the image injected into Windows Deployment Services these methods have continued to work well.
The OOBE is great to navigate through, and has brought back the option of naming the system during the setup.
What scenarios have you tested?
BVM work with many different industries and we have been fortunate enough to have leveraged our strong and long relationship with a car OEM specialist to test enterprise devices with Windows 11 functionality and real world use. Within their environment, they are connected to the outside world throughout the working day, utilising the OEM’s analysis and programming software. As well as their purpose built application to update the their internal documentation, enabling the customer to have the most descriptive and detailed notes on what has been completed on their car.
With Windows 11, the team have taken their application and tested the compatibility successfully. They have notice performance gains, smoother opening and with Windows 11 Enterprise, the ability to utilise their new fast Wi-Fi and USB devices.
The security of all data has been a real important metric, with their use of several devices and a smart workshop, they require to keep this safe and secure. TPM 2.0 enables them to do just that!
Internally at BVM, we have tested Windows 11 Professional and have found the same positive areas. We have been thoroughly happy how this operating system has worked, how easy it has been to manage on Active Directory (on premise or Azure cloud) all the way through to customisation and application use.
Absolutely this is the future, Windows 11 is the next evolution in the Windows ecosystem. It has some features that are only going to become more relevant as we continue to evolve hardware and seek new and innovative ways to create and manage.
We love Windows 11 here at BVM, and we feel this could really add some key benefits to the next product you buy from us, let drive and create the next evolution with Windows 11 together!
Long Term Servicing Channel
Microsoft continues to address the unique needs of the IoT industry by offering Windows for IoT Enterprise LTSC and the Long Term Servicing Channel of Windows Server, which today is Windows Server IoT 2022. Each of these products will continue to have a 10-year support lifecycle, as documented on Microsoft’s product lifecycle datasheet.
BVM Embedded Software Services
- Windows image capture from customers storage devices
- Linux image capture from customers storage devices
- Windows / Linux deployment from customer configured images
- Custom Windows images:- configuration & deployment
- Management of revision updates
- Custom BIOS
BVM will shortly be offering the following versions of Windows:
- Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2021 (21H2).
- Windows 10 SAC, semi-annual channel, (21H2).
- Windows 11 IoT Enterprise 21H2.
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