As part of its Build 2017 announcement tsunami, Microsoft revealed this week that it is improving Windows 10 IoT Core. Key among these improvements are several new features and an expansion to many more Intel hardware platforms in the near future.
Let’s start with the hardware.
As you may know, Windows 10 IoT Core is Microsoft’s connected embedded system, and it runs on low-power platforms like Raspberry Pi. Today, Windows 10 IoT Core is supported on Intel Baytrail, Apollo Lake, and Joule platforms as well.
This week, Microsoft announced that Windows IoT will be supported on Intel Cherrytrail and Braswell in the near future. And it will support the full range of Intel microprocessor platforms—the Core, Pentium, Celeron and Atom families—this year as well.
From a functional perspective, Windows 10 IoT Core is picking up support for Azure-based device management, messaging, and provisioning services, plus some features you may know from more traditional Windows 10 versions, such as Project “Rome” support, Device Guard, and Cortana. That latter bit will help developers build Cortana appliances based on Windows 10 IoT Core.
But Microsoft is, perhaps correctly, focusing most heavily on the new Azure capabilities.
“Windows 10 IoT and Azure complement each other and offer developers an opportunity to build secure and scalable solutions from the device to the cloud,” Microsoft’s Rushmi Malaviarachchi explains. “We are excited about enabling the future of edge computing scenarios across multiple industries. We believe the integration between Windows 10 IoT and Azure IoT will help developers be even more productive in the IoT space and we’ve taken a big step towards that goal with the Windows 10 Creators Update.”