Microsoft Courts OEMs With Windows 10 IoT Core
With the newly announced Pro version of Windows 10 IoT, Microsoft is looking to spread its Internet of things vision to device makers.Windows 10 IoT Core, a lightweight version of the Windows operating system for Internet of things devices, runs on a variety of computing boards, including MinnowBoard Max, Raspberry Pi 2 and DragonBoard410c. The software enables developers, hardware hackers and technology enthusiasts to build Windows-powered connected devices. Now, Microsoft is setting its sights on original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original device manufacturers (ODMs). In a Dec. 3 announcement posted to Microsoft's Windows Experience Blog, Billy Anders, partner director of program management for Microsoft Windows IoT, unveiled Windows 10 IoT Core Pro, an OEM version of the software "that provides the ability to defer updates and control distribution of updates through Windows Server Update Services. With these servicing options, we are bringing flexibility for our partners and customers to help meet their servicing needs while helping ensuring their devices are secure and managed." For OEMs and ODMs seeking solutions based on Raspberry Pi boards, Anders said Raspberry Pi Trading and Element 14, a design engineering community site, launched a service for custom versions of the hardware. This year, a third of Raspberry Pi devices sold will pull commercial or industrial duty, Anders noted.
"We are very excited that Element 14 is offering Windows 10 IoT Core as part of their solution. This will allow makers and OEMs to start their development with Raspberry Pi 2 and, when ready, produce optimized versions of the platform for a commercial solution," Anders said.