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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.
Advantech RSB-4411
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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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Steigenberger Airport Hotel transforms back-of-house operations with Windows 10 IoT and Microsoft Azure IoT

“Room 1484 needs feather pillows……Room 3203 ordered room service and needs another set of flatware. The VIP guests have arrived earlier than expected and their suite is not ready…..”
For hotel management, tracing the appropriate staff members to fulfill the guest’s needs in a timely manner can cause logistical challenges and operational inefficiencies that ultimately affect both the guest experience and the overall business.
In the hospitality industry, it is all about anticipating and accommodating the needs of guests to ensure they feel relaxed and right at home. Stellar customer service comes down to a team of management and staff members who are equipped with the right tools to deliver timely and hospitable service.
In order to improve the communication between the employees, they can now use the new IoT wearable by Trekstor, powered by Windows 10 IoT Core and Microsoft Azure IoT, to help them optimize their back-of-house operations and ensure superior guest experience.
The Trekstor IoT wearable is more than a traditional smart watch. With its lightweight, rugged housing, it will become part of an employees’ daily gear. It is both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, has plenty of storage space and has the processing power and battery life to perform its line-of-business functions.

The first hotel group to adopt this wearable is German-based Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts, which operates 56 hotels worldwide and is known for its premium top-notch customer service.
In order to keep up with the demands of customers and maintain its reputation, it is turning costly housekeeping challenges into opportunities by leveraging the SAMFEX property management solution running on the IoT wearable. The Steigenberger Airport Hotel property in Frankfurt is the first to pilot the wearable device.

The wearable allows various functions to be reported to the right place without any communicative detours, and messages can be transmitted silently in real-time or verbally via voice messages. This means that housekeeping can create efficient, real-time, back-of-house operations. At Steigenberger, the management team is generating up-to-the-minute service and cleaning plans so the guests who show up early or the guests who need pillows or flatware can be taken care of in no time thanks to the wearable.
“We have a well-trained, motivated and enthusiastic team, but to get to an even higher level of service, we decided to implement a technology solution that allowed them to perform at an even greater level of productivity.”— Michael Weil, Manager of Hotel Operations, Steigenberger Airport Hotel Frankfurt

Learn more here on how Windows 10 is transforming the Hospitality Industry.