Microsoft Announces Windows 10 IoT Core Improvements

Posted on May 12, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud, Dev, Hardware, Windows 10 with 5 Comments

Microsoft Announces Windows 10 IoT Core Improvements

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.”

You can learn more on Microsoft’s redesigned Windows 10 IoT Core website.


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Comments (5)

5 responses to “Microsoft Announces Windows 10 IoT Core Improvements”

  1. DaveHelps

    So... Raspberry Pi as the ultimate Cortana speaker platform? :D

    • bbold

      In reply to DaveHelps:

      There was an episode of TWIT's "Know How" where they show you how to turn a Raspberry Pi into an Alexa like device for relatively cheap. It's a great walkthrough if anyone is interested! It can be done with Cortana, too, I'm sure. Just know that the Amazon Dot is only $50 and does the same thing, so make sure not to spend at least that much on extra components!

  2. dcdevito

    I feel IoT is just another buzzword the enterprise likes to toss around (along with Agile and DevOps) to make themselves seem prepared for the next wave of computing. Most use cases surrounding that kind of tech need to usurp their capital spending for it and for those using IoT were already invested.

    • DaveHelps

      In reply to dcdevito:

      Perhaps. But I heard a great soundbite on the topic: "IoT is for machines what social networking was for people."

      Looked at through that lens, where millions of sensors are generating and exchanging information, it's hard not to consider that there might be some serious changes up ahead.

      • dcdevito

        In reply to DaveHelps:

        That's a great sound bite, I would agree with that. Just know the cost of social engineering for people is free (with the cost being data and data points and privacy). IoT isn't free nor cheap for appropriate use cases that haven't yet converted. I think it's great but I think it's a topic that gets way too much attention these days.