Windows 10 Embedded and Windows IoT
As an official Microsoft Embedded Windows Partner we have been implementing Operating Systems on embedded hardware for our customers for over 30 years. From the early RTOS days of OS-9 on the Motorola Processor range through Windows NT embedded, XP, 7, 8 and Windows 10 Embedded. We offer standard configurations where we provide a ready to run O/S environments for embedded versions of Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 IoT. Customers can also decide upon the level of customisation they want where all their user accounts, software and application configurations are all fully pre-installed (including Windows Updates). BVM image services are fully supported, inclusive of maintenance services whenever required for your products lifetime.
What is Windows 10 IoT?
Windows 10 IoT is a member of the Windows 10 family that brings enterprise-class power, security and manageability to the Internet of Things. It leverages Windows’ embedded experience, ecosystem and cloud connectivity, allowing organizations to create their Internet of Things with secure devices that can be quickly provisioned, easily managed, and seamlessly connected to an overall cloud strategy.
How to get started
The Windows 10 IoT platform has two editions, each is optimized for specific scenarios. They both share the security, manageability and cloud connectivity you expect from Windows. Building a device is as easy as building an app.
Windows IoT Core
A fully optimised version of Windows that enables building smaller footprint, connected devices that still deliver the same security and management capabilities customers expect from Windows.
Windows IoT Enterprise
A Full version of Windows 10 with advanced lockdown capabilities powering a range of industry devices across retail, manufacturing, health, government or any other industries.
|Windows 10 IoT Core, Read more on Microsoft website.||Windows 10 IoT enterprise, Learn more on the Microsoft website.|
Windows 10 IOT Comparison*
|User Experience||Single UWP app running at startup with supporting background apps & services||Traditional Windows Shell with Advanced Lockdown Features|
|App Architecture supported||UWP only||UWP & Win32|
|Cortana||Yes (display required)||Yes|
|Domain Join||Azure Active Directory (AAD) only||AAD & Traditional Domain Join|
|Management||Mobile Device Management (MDM)||MDM & Traditional Agent Based (e.g. SCCM)|
|Device Security Technologies||Secure Boot, TPM, BitLocker, Device Guard, Windows as a Service, Windows Firewall & Device Health Attestation||Same as IoT Core and Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)|
|CPU Architecture support||X86, x64 & ARM||x86 & x64|
|Licensing||Online licensing terms agreement and Embedded OEM Agreements, Royalty Free||Direct and Indirect Embedded OEM Agreements|
|Usage Scenarios||Digital signage Smart building IoT Gateway||HMI Smart home Wearables||Industry tablets Point of Sale Kiosk Digital signage||ATM Medical devices Manufacturing devices Thin client|
|Which Version to Choose?||For devices that only run a single application, manufacturers should investigate using IoT Core||For devices that require desktop functionality, multiple apps or access to desktop apps (e.g. Win32, WPF)|
*This feature list is not exhaustive but intended to highlight edition differences
** Windows 10 IoT Enterprise is Windows 10 Enterprise with different licensing and distribution
Windows 7 support will end on January 14, 2020
Microsoft made a commitment to provide 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released on October 22, 2009. When this 10-year period ends, Microsoft will discontinue Windows 7 support so that we can focus our investment on supporting newer technologies and great new experiences. The specific end of support day for Windows 7 will be January 14, 2020. After that, technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect your PC will no longer be available for the product. Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 sometime before January 2020 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available. Read more
- Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Core – WIN-10-IOT-CORE
- Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC – WIN-10-IOT-LTSC
- Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Enterprise SAC (CBB) – WIN-10-IOT-SAC
- Microsoft Windows 7 Professional FES – WIN-7-PRO-EMB
- Microsoft Windows 8 Professional – WIN-8-PRO
- Microsoft Windows Embedded 8 Standard – WIN-8-EMB
- Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 2009 – WIN-EMB-STD
- Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7 – WIN-7-EMB