Microsoft Announces October 2018 Update for Windows 10 IoT

Posted on October 4, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Internet of Things (IoT), Windows 10 with 4 Comments

Microsoft today announced the October 2018 Update for Windows 10 IoT, its operating system for embedded intelligent devices.

“The October 2018 Update brings edge intelligence with machine learning, industrial strength security, diverse silicon options, and new monetization models for distributors and resellers,” Microsoft’s Dan Harman writes. “This release of Windows 10 IoT simplifies this challenge by offering support through two servicing channels.”

These channels include the Semi-Annual Channel, which provides new functionality with twice-per-year feature update releases, and the Long-Term Servicing Channel, which provides only security and quality updates with no new features over a 10-year period, Microsoft says.

When used with the Long-Term Servicing Channel, Windows 10 IoT Core can take advantage of Windows 10 IoT Core Services, a new cloud service subscription that Microsoft says “provides the essential services needed to commercialize a device on Windows 10 IoT Core.”

Other changes include support for Azure IoT Edge, for secure cloud intelligence and analytics at scale, hardware-accelerated machine learning, support for the NXP i.MX 6, 7, and 8M processor series, improvements to the system’s kiosk and assigned access functionality, support for both Azure IoT Device Management and Microsoft Intune, and new servicing options that are specific to Windows 10 IoT Enterprise.

You can learn more from the Windows 10 IoT website.


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Comments (4)

4 responses to “Microsoft Announces October 2018 Update for Windows 10 IoT”

  1. skane2600

    I've never quite understood what the target market for this was. I'm guessing it's more for quasi-PC applications than traditional embedded systems. Even a small Linux distro seems a bit overkill for some iOT devices. For some devices all you need is internet connectivity and local hardware control.

    • MikeGalos

      In reply to skane2600:

      Windows 10 iOT Core is for what you call "traditional embedded systems" and Windows 10 iOT Enterprise is more for "quasi-PC" systems. And when you talk iOT that's a lot more sophisticated than the old embedded systems that Windows CE targeted.

      And you should also realize that Windows 10 iOT Core runs on systems as small as a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B so we're not talking big hardware requirements.

      • skane2600

        In reply to MikeGalos:

        The Raspberry Pi 2 Model B has specs that go far beyond those of many traditional embedded systems. 1 GB is an enormous amount of RAM for those systems. On the other hand, it's a platform that includes a lot of stuff that is unlikely to be useful for a typical embedded system. It's a platform that is really more geared toward education or DIY than commercial applications.

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