Microsoft Announces the Windows 10 IoT Fall Creators Update

Posted on November 2, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Dev, Windows 10 with 13 Comments

Today, Microsoft announced the availability of the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 IoT and documented the new features that it brings.

“Whether you’re exploring a new product idea for a cloud-connected device or looking to transform an existing product line to enable intelligence at the edge, Windows 10 IoT is a trusted, secure platform which gives you the power to bring a new solution to market,” Microsoft’s Rushmi Malaviarachchi writes. “With each release, we continue to bring new functionality and innovation to Windows 10 IoT and we’re excited to share what’s new in the Fall Creators Update.”

New features this update include:

.NET Standard 2.0 compliance. The Universal Windows Platform (UWP) in Windows 10 IoT is now .NET Standard compliant, so thousands of additional APIs are now available to developers, making it easier than ever to port existing .NET solutions to UWP.

Improved Windows Ink support. Developers can now utilize DirectInk APIs for highlighter, pencil, and vector-based ink, and new XAML ink controls for UWP. They can also write support multi-modal interactions—e.g. simultaneous pen and touch use—on compatible hardware.

Assigned Access. Windows IoT Enterprise can restrict usage to a single UWP app, enabling a kiosk mode. But with the Fall Creators Update, this can be expanded to include multiple UWP and Win32 apps.

Better language support. Windows IoT now supports Chinese (Simplified, China), English (United Kingdom), English (United States), French (France), French (Canada), Spanish (Spain, International Sort), Spanish (Mexico).

Emergency Management Services. This new functionality lets devices device for performing low level hardware checks and basic troubleshooting tasks without relying on the operating system.

User mode bus access on Windows 10 IoT Enterprise. This functionality, previously available only on the standard version of Windows 10 IoT, lets devices interact with other hardware devices using standard buses like GPIO, I2C, SPI, and UART.

Improved support for low-power line displays. Now, Windows 10 IoT can control customer-facing 2×20 line displays by enabling customization of the cursor style, brightness, blink rate, and character sets. “We’ve also added support for custom glyphs, transaction descriptors, and marquee mode for scrolling text,” Microsoft notes.

Device Management. This new client connects to Azure IoT Hub to provide a cloud-based device management solution.

Preview functionality. In addition, the Fall Creators Update provides preview versions of a few new features, including support for hosting Nano Server containers and Windows Device Health Attestation.

You can learn more about Windows 10 IoT on the Microsoft website.


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Comments (13)

13 responses to “Microsoft Announces the Windows 10 IoT Fall Creators Update”

  1. Waethorn

    Heh. That Lumia 1020 isn't getting the FCU.

  2. ben55124

    Lumia 1020 (pictured) part of update? /s

  3. hrlngrv

    Someone has to ask: how vital is inking support for IoT? That is, unless IoT is defined more as PCs without standard input mechanisms than as smart appliances and non-PC/tablet/phone/game console devices.

    As case in point, how essential is inking support to the Invoke?

    • skane2600

      In reply to hrlngrv:

      I don't really understand what kind of devices Windows 10 IoT is useful for. There's already kiosks running full Windows or Windows Embedded. I don't see even "non-PC/tablet/phone/game console devices" as being IoT devices. Who is introducing new products of these types that isn't already committed to other OS's anyway? Certainly for traditional embedded systems Windows seems like a bloated approach.

      • hrlngrv

        In reply to skane2600:

        Medical devices, where it's easy to hide US$100 Windows license cost in a US$5,000 device and make healthcare insurers pay for it over time anyway, Windows is just fine. Factory automation where the the entire multi-device system would have cost well over US$100,000 was another place Windows was OK. As far as I can tell, these are Windows's only successful niches in embedded systems. It's too expensive and too bloated for anything else.

        • NoFlames

          In reply to hrlngrv:
          I've seen Windows in ATM's by catching one rebooting. I think they may also be in the Johnson controls home automation thermostat.

          Windows IoT doesn't cost $100 per license, it's actually free or very low cost to license for commercial use. The focus is on integration with cloud services (Azure) which most IoT devices these days need to do.
          As far as adding inking support, this would be good for terminals that require a signature.

  4. Winner

    OK everybody remember all of this brilliant high-level marketing:

    Windows is ONE WINDOWS.

    Windows 10 is the LAST VERSION of Windows.

    We've had additional UPDATES to the LAST VERSION of Windows including a Creators Update and a Fall Creators Update.

    Now we have an update to the IOT VERSION of the LAST VERSION of ONE WINDOWS that is different than the other versions of ONE WINDOWS.

    And it is ALL the LAST VERSION.

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      In reply to shanebond:

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