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Build your digital signage business on Windows 10

It’s been a busy week at Digital Signage Expo 2018 (DSE) and it’s great to see how the industry continues to innovate and change. All throughout the week, we were excited to see our partners enable digital signage solutions across a range of capabilities, from traditional AV displays to dynamic data-driven signage leveraging Windows 10 and the Azure cloud platform.
Windows 10 offers a simple, scalable, and secure platform for digital signage, and with Azure, you can quickly scale as your business grows. Content management solutions running on Azure provide agility, flexibility, and scale to deploy your content across the world in no time. Building on that, here are some highlights of the great work our partners are doing with digital signage leveraging Windows 10 and Azure.
One of our partners, XOGO, offers a simple digital signage solution through two devices: XOGO Mini 4K and an entry-level device, XOGO Mini.  XOGO Mini 4K is a purpose-built Windows media player appliance that is pre-configured with the XOGO digital signage software. It is a complete turnkey solution that can turn any display into a digital sign within minutes. XOGO is also introducing an entry-level device, called XOGO Mini, running Windows 10 IoT Core on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, to provide a high-quality, 1080p resolution display at an entry-level price. It is a true plug-and-play solution, ideal for small to medium-sized businesses. XOGO Mini is now available to pre-order here.
We also have partners such as Advantech and iBASE that have enabled commercial-grade media players based on Windows 10, which are ideal for multiple screens or demanding environmental conditions such as airports or shopping malls.
XOGO Mini 4K
Advantech Mini PC
iBase Media Player
Here are some additional examples of great solutions from our partners:
Cloverleaf shelfPoint engages retail shoppers at shelf level with dynamic content tailored to individual customers, bringing online advantages to brick-and-mortar stores. Pilot customers have seen significant gains in profits and shopper engagement.
Omnivex Moxie is a platform which integrates with existing data sources, line-of-business software, and cloud services to share real-time information across any screen. It delivers multiple benefits including enhanced productivity and better business agility in diverse scenarios such as healthcare, retail, travel, and manufacturing.
StratosMedia has created an innovative digital communications platform capable of integrating with virtually any data source and working with multiple types of devices including smartphones, kiosks, and video walls, that makes it easy for organizations of any size to broadcast engaging, high-quality content and get back advanced analytics.
No matter where you are on your digital signage journey, Microsoft has a solution for your needs. To learn more, visit aka.ms/digitalsignage or contact us at MSDigitalSignageSol@microsoft.com.

Build your digital signage business on Windows 10
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Microsoft doubles down on Windows 10 IoT with added support

Companies making IoT devices have demanding expectations of their hardware and software. Microsoft is dedicated to delivering high quality, reliable IoT solutions for the devices which operate in harsh environments and are expected to last for many years. For decades, Microsoft has been serving customers in the embedded and IoT markets and we continue to increase our investment and commitment to this market.
Through a broader hardware portfolio, customers have greater ability to quickly and securely develop devices to power our lives and our world.
At the Embedded World Conference today, we announced an expansion of our supported silicon offering for Windows 10 IoT Core and committed that the next releases of Windows 10 IoT Core and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise will offer 10 years of support.
Windows 10 IoT Core Supporting NXP i.MX SoCs
Windows 10 IoT Core is an edition of Windows 10 designed for building smart things and optimized to power intelligent edge devices. First released in 2015, it has been adopted by industry leaders like Johnson Controls, Askey, and Misty Robotics.
To support growing customer and partner demand, Microsoft, in close collaboration with NXP, has initiated a private preview of Windows 10 IoT Core on NXP i.MX 6 and i.MX 7 processors. The i.MX product portfolio is one of the most popular IoT processor families in the industry and this enables Windows IoT developers to create a broader variety of high performance, power-optimized, and industrial grade devices.
Windows 10 IoT Core uses a unique capability of the NXP i.MX 6 and i.MX 7 to enable trusted I/O which can ensure that malicious applications or rogue actors are unable to tamper with the physical control of a device even if they infiltrate the operating system software.
Several leading hardware vendors are demonstrating Azure Certified for IoT devices based on i.MX 6 with Windows 10 IoT Core at Embedded World. These include both system on module and single-board computer options giving flexibility to manufacturers interested to build products using NXP, Windows 10 IoT Core, and Azure.
Aaeon PIXO-IMX6
Advantech RSB-4411
Keith & Koep pConXS with TrizepsVII
SolidRun HummingBoard
Kontron SMARC-sAMX6i (Azure certification in progress)
Microsoft and NXP continue to invest and improve the i.MX 6 and i.MX 7 solutions and are planning additional processor enablement in the future. A final launch timeline for commercial availability is expected later this year. Customers interested in participating in the private preview of Windows 10 IoT Core on NXP silicon can sign up online.
Windows 10 IoT Core and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise offer 10 years of support
With the Fall 2018 release of Windows 10 IoT Core and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, Microsoft will provide 10 years of support via the Windows Long-Term Servicing Channel. These releases, like all Windows releases, are built with robust security with a world-class team of security and privacy experts that are focused on maintaining security throughout the life of the device.
Windows 10 IoT continues to expand its ecosystem, delivering on the promise to create an operating system for all connected devices. Through a broader hardware portfolio and, customers have greater ability to quickly and securely develop devices to power our lives and our world. We are excited to see what you will make.

Microsoft doubles down on Windows 10 IoT with added support
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Windows 10 IoT enables the complete IoT lifecycle

Microsoft recently announced the public preview of the Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service. The Device Provisioning Service is a new service that works with Azure IoT Hub to enable “zero-touch” device provisioning to an IoT hub. Using this service, devices can be created with a common image, and when booted for the first time in the field, the Device Provisioning Service will automatically provide the device specific provisioning information, including the correct Azure IoT Hub location and identity where the device can be further provisioned and customized using Azure device management. The Device Provisioning Service is designed to support very high device volumes, enabling the provisioning of millions of devices in a secure and scalable manner, automating what historically has been a complex and time-consuming process for customers handling high volumes of connected IoT devices. You can read more about the Azure IoT Device Provisioning Service in this blog post and on the Device provisioning documentation center.
The Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service aligns well with our Windows 10 IoT device scenarios and features. Along with the Device Provisioning Service public preview, we are also providing sources for a complete Windows 10 IoT client that implements a client service with the required functionality to quickly enable a device to use the Device Provisioning Service, requiring only minimal configuration information. When used in conjunction with the existing Windows 10 IoT Azure Device Management client, it forms a complete device provisioning and management solution, covering the complete lifecycle needs of an IoT device.
The Windows 10 IoT device provisioning client is provided as a source that can be used as is, to provide basic scenario functionality, or customized if desired. The implementation as provided requires a supported Windows 10 IoT TPM to be present, which is used to securely store device identification and authentication information. The same configuration information is used by both the device provisioning and the device management client samples, enabling both to work in concert with one another.
The Windows 10 IoT client for the Azure IoT Device Provisioning Service is located at https://github.com/ms-iot/iot-azure-dps-client, including a step by step process for building and using the client service with the Azure IoT Device Provisioning Service public preview.
Microsoft is committed to providing the most productive and secure IoT platforms and services enabling you to quickly and confidently bring your IoT solution to market. Visit the Microsoft IoT page for more information on Microsoft’s complete IoT solution offerings!