Overview of Windows IoT


The Internet of Things (IoT) market is growing very fast. Intel expects 200 billion connected devices by 2020, while IDC believes global spending will be $1.29 trillion by the same year. Whatever the number you go by, IoT presents a huge opportunity to both partners and customers. To this end, you may have seen the recent announcement highlighting Microsoft’s $5 billion investment in IoT.

One of the key things I took away from that announcement is this quote from Julia White, CVP Microsoft Azure, “With our IoT platform spanning cloud, OS and devices, we are uniquely positioned to simplify the IoT journey so any customer—regardless of size, technical expertise, budget, industry or other factors—can create trusted, connected solutions that improve business and customer experiences, as well as the daily lives of people all over the world”.

Not only does IoT assist customers with their digital transformations, it is also transforming the solutions that Microsoft offers. With IoT as a focus, new products and solutions become possibilities, such as Microsoft Azure IoT, Microsoft Azure Sphere, Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Field Service, and specific to this blog post, Windows 10 IoT.

Register for the May 22nd Modern Workplace: Windows & Devices Partner Community call to learn more about how Windows 10 IoT fits into the Microsoft IoT ecosystem.

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.

Windows 10 IoT comes in two editions:

  • Windows 10 IoT Core is the smallest member of the Windows 10 operating system family. While only running a single app, it still has the manageability and security expected from Windows 10. Built for small, secured smart devices, Windows 10 IoT Core embraces a rich Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app experience and provides support for ARM CPUs.
  • By contrast, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise is a full version of Windows 10 with specialized features to create dedicated devices locked down to a specific set of applications and peripherals. With all the power of Windows, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise shares all the benefits – and development familiarity – of the worldwide Windows ecosystem.

Why Windows 10 IoT

With Windows 10 IoT, Microsoft gives you the technology to make IoT real. Microsoft is a proven leader in the Enterprise space with a complete stack of productivity, analytics, infrastructure, and cloud technologies. Microsoft has been bringing real IoT solutions to market for many years.

Faster Time-to-Market

Building on Windows’ decades of experience with embedded devices, Windows 10 IoT provides a complete platform to create secure and connected IoT solutions. Beginning with our best-in-class development experience, Visual Studio allows efficient coding and testing. Hundreds of samples and professionally maintained documentation help developers solve complex problems. Rather than having to integrate disparate security and cloud technologies from multiple vendors, Windows 10 IoT has built-in security features and Azure IoT integration. Microsoft also provides manufacturing guidance and tools that are coordinated with our partner ecosystem.

Intelligent Security

Windows 10 IoT is part of the Windows 10 family – a comprehensive solution that delivers built-in and ongoing security protections you can trust. With Windows 10 IoT we continue to evolve the security architecture, so you do not have to fear malware and can focus on your product. Windows 10 IoT implements intelligent security capabilities that work together to protect your IoT solutions from device to cloud.

Intelligent Edge

The intelligent edge optimizes IoT solutions by putting cloud intelligence where it makes the most sense, allowing analytics and insights on edge devices. Windows 10 IoT enables powerful edge devices with a modern app platform and global support. The Windows ecosystem provides a wide variety of hardware capabilities. Container support allows simple support for application or services. Azure IoT Edge provides intelligent edge features to generate actionable insights.

Don’t forget to register for the May 22nd Modern Workplace: Windows & Devices Partner Community call to learn more about how customers are using Windows 10 IoT to digitally transform their business.

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