Windows Certification Authority: How to View, Revoke, and Approve

In previous articles, you saw how to create a multi-tier PKI deployment. You then saw how to set up certificate templates to simplify certificate request operations. After that, we worked through some examples of requesting certificates. In our final installment, we will cover the common operations of a certification authority. You will learn how to view current certificates and revoke them. We will also demonstrate manual approval of pending certificate requests.

Introducing the Certification Authority MMC Snap-In

Most everything you see in this article will happen inside the Certification Authority MMC snap-in. If your certificate server runs on a full GUI installation of Windows Server, you should already have this tool. It can run from any system that has the necessary Remote Server Administration Tools installed.

Active Directory Certificate Services Tools

The Certification Authority snap-in appears in the Administrative Tools folder:

Certification Authority

If you run the tool from any system other than the certification authority or if you would like to target a different authority, you can retarget the snap-in. Right-click on the Certification Authority root object and click Retarget Certification Authority and it will present you with the standard dialog to browse for the target system.

Once connected, the targeted authority will have five subfolders:

Of the five folders, we already worked through the Certificate Templates branch in a previous article. We’ll look at the others in this post.

How to View Certificates the Certification Authority has Issued

In the Certification Authority snap-in, click on the Issued Certificates branch. You will see a list of every still-valid certificate issued by the authority.

Issued Certificates

Each item contains these columns by default:

  • Request ID: The CA numbers each request sequentially as it receives them. The number has no other significance.
  • Requester NameThe name of the entity that submitted the request.
  • Binary certificate: The encoded form of the certificate.
  • Serial number: The serial number that the authority assigned to the certificate.
  • Certificate effective date: The timestamp that began the certificate’s validity period. Corresponds when the CA issued the certificate.
  • Certificate expiration date: The timestamp that represents the end of the certificate’s validity period.
  • Issued…: The remaining columns contain various ancillary details about the certificate holder.

You can switch the visible columns by going to the primary menu and click View, then click Add/Remove Columns.

You can choose the columns that you want from the dialog:

These column selections matter if you want to export binary data, which I will cover in an upcoming section.

If you’re looking for a particular certificate or category, you can sort the list by clicking any of the columns.

Viewing an Issued Certificate

If you double-click or right-click on any certificate and click Open, you get the same view on the certificate as you would in any of the other certificate MMC snap-ins:

Certificate information

Alternatively, you can right-click on the certificate, go to All Tasks, and click View Attributes/Extensions, you can see additional information, with some overlap:

Request ID 3 Properties

How to Export or View a Certificate’s Binary Data

The Certification Authority MMC contains a graphical front-end for the certutil.exe -dump command. You can see the binary form of the certificate or any of its components. Right-click on any certificate, navigate to All Tasks, and then click Export Binary Data. Despite the text on the menu, you can get the information in text format. Choose the item to export and the format that you want.

Export Binary Data

If you really want binary data, use that option. It will prompt you to save a file. If you want to see the same information that certutil.exe -dump would present, choose to View formatted text version of data. After you pick the object that you want to see, it will show the requested data in a Notepad window:

Binary Certificate

Earlier, I mentioned that you might need to adjust the visible columns in order for some of these choices to function.

Microsoft Active Directory Certificate Services

You can use these options if you have any need for a certificate’s data in binary format.

All options work in the other branches (Revoked, Pending, and Failed).

Manually Accepting a Request from a CSR File

You have many options for requesting a certificate. You can use the advanced option in the MMC Certificates snap-in to create a custom request, which will generate a request file. You can use the certreq.exe tool. You can use openssl to create a request from/for any system. All of these techniques create a file, known as a Certificate Signing Request (CSR). You can use the Certification Authority MMC to manually approve these files.

  1. Right-click on the server, go to All Tasks, then click Submit new request.
  2. Browse to the CSR file.Be careful as you will immediately get another browse window, covered in step 3. Note the title bar.
    Open request file
  3. Unless the CA detects a problem with the request, it will immediately issue a certificate and prompt you to save the file.
    Save Certificate
  4. You can use the generated certificate file as needed on the target system.

Once the CA accepts the request, it immediately issues the certificate. Even if you cancel the process prior to saving the output, you will still find the certificate in the Issued list. You can open from there and use the Copy to File button on the Details tab if you need to export the certificate again.

If you did not configure your server to automatically issue certificates, requests will appear under the Pending Requests branch. I did not configure my server that way, so I can’t show you. You can manually respond to certificate requests in that branch.

How to Revoke a Certificate

If a certificate is compromised or otherwise needs to be removed from circulation, right-click on it in the Issued list, go to All Tasks, then choose Revoke Certificate.

Revoke certificate

The interface will ask you for a reason code and a timestamp. That allows you to backdate the revocation to a point in time close to a compromise incident, if necessary. If you choose the Certificate Hold reason, you will can reverse the revocation later.

The CA will immediately move the certificate into the Revoked Certificates branch and update its Certificate Revocation List (CRL).

How to Unrevoke a Certificate

You can reverse the revocation of a certificate, provided that you revoked it for the Certificate Hold reason. Locate it in the Revoked Certificates branch. Right-click on it, go to All Tasks, and click Unrevoke Certificate.

unrevoke certificate

The certificate will immediately return to the Issued Certificates list.

How to Backup the Certification Authority

For ordinary backup purposes, you can backup and restore the system that runs your Certification Authority just like any other Windows Server system. If you intend to move the CA to a different system, you need to use the CA’s built-in tools.

You will find the backup and restore options on the All Tasks submenu of the server:

The Certification Authority Backup Wizard

The backup wizard:

  1. The first window is just introductory text.
  2. Choose the components of the CA to backup. For a full restore, you need the private key, CA certificate, the database, and the log. Browse to the output location, which must be an empty directory.
  3. You will need to lock the backup files with a password:
  4. On the last screen, just click Finish to have the files created.

The Certification Authority Restore Wizard

The restore operation typically involves a normal restore of the Windows Server system. You will normally only use the wizard in the Certification Authority for migrations. It is essentially the same as the backup wizard.

  1. It will tell you that you must stop the CA in order to proceed with the restore.
  2. The first screen is only informational.
  3. Select the items to restore, and select the folder where the wizard can find the files:
  4. Enter the password that will unlock the files.
  5. Click Finish on the last screen.
  6. You will get a prompt that will allow you to either start the CA or leave it offline so that you can restore additional files in the case of an incremental backup.

Daily Usage of Your Certification Authority

For the most part, CAs maintain themselves, especially if you used an Active Directory-integrated installation. The preceding instructions should carry you through most other situations.

We’ve now worked through the Windows PKI certificate system. With a system this easy to use and configure, you should make the move into a more secure Windows environment sooner rather than later. We will call on these skills in later articles around Hyper-V Replica and Shielded Virtual Machines.

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Computex 2019: Keynote showcases how Microsoft enables innovation and opportunity on the Intelligent Edge | Windows Experience Blog

Nick Parker, CVP of Consumer and Device Sales, Roanne Sones, CVP of OS Platforms and Rodney Clark, VP of IoT Sales, on stage at Computex 2019 in Taipei, “Enabling Innovation and Opportunity on the Intelligent Edge”

At Computex in Taipei, Microsoft executives Roanne Sones, corporate vice president of OS Platforms and Rodney Clark, vice president of IoT Sales, joined Nick Parker, corporate vice president of Consumer and Device Sales, in the keynote address to showcase Microsoft 365, Windows platform and Azure IoT technologies and services that device partners can use to deliver innovative modern PC experiences and build a new generation of connected devices and IoT solutions.
In addition, they provided perspective as to how intelligent edge ecosystem partners can fuel business transformation by working together to build edge to cloud IoT solutions.
This ecosystem requires an operating system that enables the foundational experiences customers expect from their devices, such as seamless updates, default security that protects users and the OS from malicious attacks, connectivity anywhere with 5G, LTE and Wi-Fi and performance that is consistent and reliable over time. 
Microsoft is investing to enable these modern OS experiences, and to deliver new experiences that take advantage of silicon advancements, powerful PCs, the cloud and power of AI.
To find out more, read Parker’s post about Computex on the Official Microsoft Blog.

Salesforce blockchain development tool for CRM platform unveiled

SAN FRANCISCO — Do companies need blockchain? Salesforce thinks so. The CRM leader said the distributed network technology is needed more than ever as companies and organizations increasingly rely on partners and suppliers to deliver new products and services.

During the keynote address at the company’s TrailheaDX conference on May 29 in San Francisco, Salesforce co-founder and CTO Parker Harris gave several examples of how Salesforce customers use a range of technologies to deliver new products and services. He noted, for example, that Telstra, Australia’s largest telecom company, now uses drones and AI to check on its cellphone towers. There is also Adidas, which he said now gets 60% of its revenue from customers using mobile devices or shopping on the web, rather than from traditional retail outlets.

“These connected experiences get more and more complex as companies deliver more services to their customers,” Harris said.

There are also issues of trust and security. As companies rely more on each other for services, they need to be sure transactions are secure and the record of those transactions is immutable. That’s why Salesforce said it’s decided to invest heavily in blockchain.

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Bret Taylor, president and chief product officer at Salesforce, speaks at the TrailheaDX conference in San Francisco on May 29.

“I kept asking my team, ‘Why blockchain?'” Harris said in an interview following the keynote. “If a technology is going to be used just centrally [within the company], you don’t need blockchain. For blockchain, you need a distributed use case. I’m excited to see what our customers are going to do with this.”

Introducing Salesforce Blockchain

At TrailheaDX, the company unveiled Salesforce Blockchain, a low-code platform for developers designed to let organizations share verified, distributed data sets across a trusted network of partners and third parties. Salesforce Blockchain is customized for Salesforce Lightning, the company’s front-end framework for app development.

A finished, generally available version of Salesforce Blockchain isn’t due out until sometime next year, but some select customers are already using prerelease versions.

“By making it available early, more companies can experiment,” said Bret Taylor, president and chief product officer at Salesforce. “And, in the spirit of how we work with our developer community, we want to make this accessible to anyone with clicks, not code.”

In the spirit of how we work with our developer community, we want to make this accessible to anyone with clicks, not code.
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Iqvia, which provides analytics and contract research services to the life science industries, is working with Salesforce on several blockchain initiatives. One of these would use Salesforce Blockchain to help with the management and verification of drug labels. Potential benefits include cost savings from label automation and improved audit traceability, as well as enhanced security from the immutable content sharing that blockchain enables.

Another early customer, Arizona State University, is using Salesforce Blockchain to help universities verify and securely share information. Student transcripts and accomplishments could be saved in a Learner Trust Record. Ownership and control of learner records could be given to the students themselves and would facilitate, among other things, moving credits to a new school.

Making blockchain easier

Analyst Ray Wang said plenty of other tech giants, including IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP, have already invested heavily in blockchain, but Salesforce is a first mover for CRM and has a chance to make blockchain far more accessible than it’s been to date.

“One of the top challenges has been that all the competing, evolving standards for blockchain make it hard to code. It’s often as hard as coding webpages was in the early days of the internet,” said Wang, CEO of Constellation Research. “By using Hyperledger Sawtooth and creating a declarative approach, Salesforce Blockchain democratizes blockchain development to more users in the Salesforce ecosystem.”

The TrailheaDX conference, now in its fourth year, is focused on Trailhead, the Salesforce gamified learning platform designed to help users learn specific Salesforce skills, as well as so-called soft skills, such as communications and selling. As users prove mastery of specific skills, they earn virtual badges of accomplishment that can be added to a resume or simply to show management an updated skill set ahead of performance reviews.

Salesforce already offers Trailhead courses in Blockchain Basics, Smart Contracts and other blockchain-related topics and will likely add more with the planned rollout of Salesforce Blockchain next year.

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Hyper-V vs. vSphere: How do the latest versions stack up?

The cost, while important, is only one factor when you compare Hyper-V vs. vSphere to see which is a better fit in your data center.

Microsoft has made significant strides to close the features gap between the Hyper-V server virtualization platform and VMware’s vSphere, particularly after the Hyper-V Server 2016 release. The main differences between the two vendors are mainly around licensing, security and how many features come with the standard versions.

The standard version of Windows Server 2019 includes most of the Hyper-V features without an added cost. In VMware, only a vSphere Enterprise Plus license unlocks access to all the hypervisor features, such as VM encryption, live migration between hosts and storage live migration. If you decide to use Hyper-V, there are some cost savings here, because there is no need to purchase the more expensive Windows Server 2019 Datacenter to use the hypervisor features.

Apart from the technical aspects, there are licensing differences between the two virtualization platforms. A few years ago, Microsoft changed its licensing from a per-CPU model to a per-core model for its Datacenter and Standard editions. Each host requires a separate license. With the Datacenter edition, you can run unlimited VMs on the host. You can only run two VMs per host with a Standard license. VMware uses per-socket pricing for its ESXi hypervisor platform.

A straight comparison of both products in terms of licensing is complex due to the differences with how each is licensed and the different license types. For example, some include some management and monitoring features, while others do not.

VMware offers a number of licensing options and types. The company has the following editions: Standard, Enterprise, Enterprise Plus and a relatively new Platinum edition. The options in VMware’s vCenter Server Essentials license come in a Standard or a Plus kit, which include vSphere and vCenter licenses.

One way to compare the two companies’ hypervisor offerings is to line up the features of two similar products on the same systems. In this case, we can look at the technical and financial differences between Microsoft’s Windows Server 2019 Datacenter edition and VMware’s vSphere 6.7 Enterprise Plus Acceleration Kit when running on three hosts, with 16 cores across two CPUs on each host.

A Windows Server 2019 Datacenter license includes an unlimited number of virtual operating system environments and Hyper-V containers, which is the big difference between Hyper-V and ESXi licensing.

How Hyper-V compares to vSphere

Another significant difference between the Microsoft and VMware hypervisors is how to use clustering and how it is licensed. In Hyper-V, the license for the hypervisor is the same to create a Hyper-V cluster. In VMware, this is not possible with just a vSphere license. You would also need a vCenter license to create an ESXi cluster. In VMware, you also need an additional license to create a clustering virtual environment.

To get the extra management features available in vCenter, a Hyper-V shop would need a management tool such as System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), which is part of the System Center suite. However, SCVMM is not mandatory to manage your Hyper-V environment. There are free tools, such as PowerShell and the Windows Admin Center, to run workloads on Hyper-V.

If you get vCenter to manage your VMware environment, then you get access to advanced virtualization features, such as vSphere High Availability, vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS), vSphere Storage DRS, vSphere Fault Tolerance, Cross-vCenter with Long Distance vMotion, VMware Host Profiles and vSphere Auto Deploy. These and many other features are either not available in Hyper-V or do not have equivalent functionality, even when using System Center for management.

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AI takes the pain out of car insurance in India – Microsoft News Center India

India’s drivers benefit as artificial intelligence transforms the business of policies and claims

Auto insurance is becoming a lot easier and quicker – with the help of artificial intelligence and smartphones.

India is one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing auto insurance markets – but until now, the sector has had to rely on traditional ways to renew lapsed policies or make repair claims. Both services have required inspectors to physically look over vehicles and make damage assessments.

In a country with more than 230 million vehicles and 1200 auto accidents every day, scheduling inspections and getting approvals can keep cars and policyholders off the road for days or longer. A more convenient way was needed.

To ease the pain, ICICI Lombard has partnered with Microsoft to develop India’s first AI-enabled car inspection feature in its mobile app, “Insure.” The app allows customers to buy or renew policies anytime, anywhere. And, soon it will also simplify the process of making a repair claim.

In case of lapsed policy instead of a physical inspection, customers can simply take images of their vehicle and upload them with Insure. The app then uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to divide the images into frames and identify the various parts of the car to look for damage. In most cases the AI module can make a judgement very quickly, reducing the time from days to mere minutes.

Proving it’s possible

“We had been envisioning something like this for a long period of time,” says Girish Nayak, Chief Customer Service, Operations & Technology, for ICICI Lombard. “We were not really successful working with some start-ups. Therefore, we approached Microsoft to see if we could do this together.”

The two companies started collaborating where software engineers from both companies met and worked on a prototype.

“The prototype gave us confidence that something like this is possible,” said Nayak.

Using the Azure platform, computer vision, and machine learning (ML) technologies, they refined the process until the accuracy was fit for purpose.

The feature was launched in December of 2018 and has worked as expected. Nayak said, “real time renewals of expired policies makes the customer experience consistent and convenient.”

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Real time renewals of expired policies makes the customer experience consistent and convenient.

With the app, insurance personnel are more productive as they no longer have to be physically present to inspect vehicles and can focus on less repetitive tasks. With improved efficiency, customer satisfaction has also increased considerably.

According to a new study by IDC Asia/Pacific and Microsoft, “Future Ready Business: Assessing Asia’s Growth Potential Through AI”, organizations in India that have adopted AI have seen tangible improvements of 22% better customer engagement and 21% more productive employees. Further improvements of at least 2.1 times are forecasted over a three-year horizon.

Expanding AI in auto insurance

Renewing policies online has proven to be successful — the company is currently processing between 150 to 200 cars per day — but as Nayak pointed out, using AI for renewals is just a “stepping stone” for the company. AI is a major thrust for the company, and they are very near to using AI to process repair claims as well. The solution is currently in beta stage and is expected to be launched in 2019.

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AI will soon assess images of damage uploaded by the customer and provide an estimated repair cost within seconds

When a customer’s vehicle is damaged in an accident, they must surrender it to a service center so a service engineer can assess the damage and provide an estimate for repair. Then, an insurance personnel examines both the car and the estimate, and either approves, rejects or modifies individual parts of the estimate.

Compare that to the new, AI-driven process; a customer will use the app to take photographs of car’s damage. Once uploaded, the system’s deep learning model and computer vision identifies in real time all the parts of the vehicle, like roof, window or bumper and then spots all the different types of damage – be it scratch, dent, crack, and so on. Most importantly, the app replies with an estimated cost quickly using historical data.

With AI, the company aims to complete simple claims in days, instead of weeks when the module is launched towards the end of 2019.

Improving customer experience and business outcomes

The advantages to the customer are clear. They can file claims whenever and wherever is convenient and will receive estimates much faster than before.

The app is also valuable to ICICI Lombard from a business perspective. Automating the process reduces the possibility of inaccurate assessments due to human error. And, increased efficiency and productivity improves the bottom line.

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AI is expected to free up insurance inspectors’ time to focus on complex claims like head on collisions and spend quality time with vehicle owners to help reduce their stress

The role of the human insurance inspectors is changing as well. AI is good at quickly handing the routine claims. That allows insurance inspectors to attend to more complex claims where their experience really matters, like those that involve lot of interior damage, for instance.

Nayak said inspectors are being trained in new skills. “With AI coming in, it frees up their time to prioritize complex cases and personal customer interaction, as well as providing career paths in learning new techniques as well.”

With the launch of the app, the company aims to substantially increase employee productivity and customer satisfaction.

As AI remakes their auto insurance business, ICICI Lombard is keen to employ the technology wherever it aligns with their vision of increasing efficiency and improving customer experience. Currently, they are working towards launching similar AI-powered apps for their health and marine insurance customers.

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Huawei ban will hasten its retreat from U.S. suppliers

Huawei is likely to speed up the development of its chip manufacturing operations to wean itself from U.S. suppliers and avoid being a pawn in trade disputes between the United States and China, analysts said.

The Trump administration’s recent decision to place the Chinese tech giant on a trade blacklist has highlighted Huawei’s dependency on U.S. suppliers of advanced chips. Last year, almost 15% of the $70 billion Huawei spent on components for products ranging from smartphones to 5G radio base stations went to U.S. suppliers.

To address the impending supply crunch, Huawei will lean more on non-U.S. suppliers, such as TSMC, the world’s largest contract chipmaker. TSMC, formally, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd., said this week its business was not affected by the Huawei ban, the Reuters news agency reported.

Huawei will also accelerate efforts to manufacture components itself, analysts said. Huawei owns Chinese fabless semiconductor company HiSilicon, which licenses microprocessor designs from Arm Holdings, based in the United Kingdom. Arm-design chips power most mobile devices worldwide.

“[Huawei] might suffer a fairly significant revenue shrink over the next couple of years as this market transition plays out,” said Chris Antlitz, an analyst with Technology Business Research Inc. “But they’re going to be OK.

[Huawei] will work through this, and they’re going to become a stand-alone, fully functional, vertically integrated company at the back end of this.
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“They’ll work through this, and they’re going to become a stand-alone, fully functional, vertically integrated company at the back end of this,” he said.

Arm halts business with Huawei

Until then, the obstacles Huawei will face seem to change daily. On Thursday, the BBC reported that Arm told employees to suspend doing business with Huawei. Arm designs use U.S. technology that could fall under the Trump administration’s Huawei ban, according to the report.

U.S. technology is also in products Huawei sells to non-U.S. communication service providers, which account for 65% of the market for telecom equipment. Huawei captures about half that spend, according to IDC.

“One in two telcos outside the U.S. use Huawei routers,” said Rajesh Ghai, an analyst at IDC. “You’re really putting the networks of half the world in jeopardy.”

Huawei as pawn

The Trump administration has banned U.S. suppliers from selling components to Huawei after Aug. 19. The administration has also barred Huawei from doing business in the United States, saying the company’s close ties to the Chinese government makes it a national security threat.

If the definition of national security is too broad, then trade restrictions against Huawei and other companies could cost U.S. businesses between $14 billion and $56 billion in export sales over five years and threaten from 18,000 to 74,000 jobs, according to a study conducted by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, a nonpartisan research institute.

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DONGGUAN, China — A worker packs up new smartphone devices at the end of the production line at Huawei’s production campus on April 11, 2019, in Dongguan, near Shenzhen, China.

U.S. President Donald Trump has said he plans to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, next month. Analysts speculate Trump is using Huawei as a way to pressure China into a trade deal more favorable to the United States.

“The timing tells you it’s a negotiating ploy,” Ghai said. “I think this is a way to play hardball with China.”

Maybe so, but the impact on the way the U.S. and Chinese tech companies do business will be significant.

“The trade [dispute] will get resolved because it has to,” Antlitz said. “But the trust, that probably will not get resolved, and there’s really nothing anybody can do about it.”

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New Windows IoT solutions at Computex show ingenuity at the intelligent edge | Windows Experience Blog

Windows has been running on embedded devices for more than two decades, well before the industry focused on the Internet of Things. Today, Windows IoT helps device builders of all sizes create IoT solutions that bring digital transformation to life for customers with fast, safe, smart IoT devices:

Windows 10 IoT Core enables manufacturers to get to market quickly with small-footprint devices that are secure, lower cost and built for the intelligent edge. Windows 10 IoT Core provides a royalty-free OS for prototyping, developing and testing IoT devices.
Windows 10 IoT Core Services ensures long-term OS support and services for managing device updates and device health. Benefits include reduced operating costs with over-the-air updates that device manufacturers control for OS, apps and drivers—plus 10 years of OS security updates.
Windows 10 IoT Enterprise is a locked down version of Windows 10 Enterprise that delivers enterprise manageability and security to a broad range of solutions across multiple industries. It shares all the benefits of the worldwide Windows ecosystem, including the same familiar application compatibility, development and management tools as client PCs and laptops.
Windows Server IoT 2019 can securely handle the largest edge-computing workloads. Announced just this past February, Windows Server IoT 2019 brings the power of high-availability and high-performance storage and networking to the edge, addressing latency and connectivity requirements and enabling customers to maintain data on premises while securely storing and analyzing large amounts of data.

 More Windows IoT advances just ahead
In the past year, we’ve launched more than 30 new services and features for our Windows IoT platform. Several of those arrived just last month at Build, including the general availability of the Robot Operating System—a mature, open-source robotics framework used worldwide for commercial and research applications—on Windows 10 IoT Enterprise.
At Computex, we’re excited to continue this momentum as Microsoft and NXP advance their efforts to bring the full range of NXP systems-on-a-chip to Windows IoT. The newest update: The board support package (BSP) for the i.MX6 SoloX applications processors will be generally available in June 2019. Additional BSPs for members of the i.MX6 series are expected to become available later this summer, with BSPs for the i.MX7 and i.MX8 series released later this year.
 Windows IoT: the foundation for your intelligent edge
Last year at Computex we announced Windows IoT Core Services to help device builders simplify the process of building, supporting and maintaining their intelligent edge devices.
Today, I’m happy to report that Windows IoT is on a roll: Over the past 12 months, we have seen more than 4,100 design wins for intelligent edge devices, across industries such as manufacturing, retail, smart cities, healthcare and others. Windows IoT has been broadly adopted as the foundation for solutions that improve safety and security, predict and prevent equipment failures, optimize smart buildings for space utilization and energy management, and improve patient outcomes.
Our device builder partners are embracing Windows IoT to help them deliver intelligent edge devices that are not only simpler and quicker to build, but that can provide better business results. As Computex 2019 gets underway this week, we’re celebrating this expanding Windows IoT ecosystem and highlighting some notable customer success stories. Check out some of these examples across industries:
GETAC improves manufacturing accuracy
Built on machine learning and artificial intelligence, the GETAC AI defect inspection solution is used for detecting manufacturing quality issues on assembly lines. This smart system performs detailed quality checks and gives manufacturing technologies new abilities to recognize images, distinguish trends and make intelligent predictions and decisions. The advanced industrial cameras in the solution capture multiple axes of images; components that have defects can be identified immediately through Azure IoT Hub and Azure SQL Server. The six-axis robot then picks up the defective components for further assessment. This improves the efficiency of the human inspectors in the validation process and also the quality of the overall manufacturing process. The hardware platform, which runs on Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, connects and controls all elements, including robots, sensors and stepping motors.
“Microsoft is a leader in the embedded space as they have been a part of our industry for many years. We selected Windows 10 IoT Enterprise to build our GETAC AI Defect Inspection Solutions because it reduced our development time and worked seamlessly with other Microsoft solutions, which made it easier to get our product to the market. We trust the Microsoft brand to help us build secure devices, and can count on Microsoft for continued support.” — Eddie Wu, president of AIoT Business Unit, GETAC.
IDEX keeps fire trucks running smoothly
Every day, firefighters across the US answer an average of 90,000 emergency calls, and thousands of lives rely on a department’s ability to effectively respond. Reducing unwanted downtime for fire trucks is a top priority for fire departments and city officials.

IDEX uses Windows 10 IoT Core and Azure IoT to make fire vehicles smarter by connecting numerous systems and components of a fire truck, including the control panel pictured above, to provide technicians and maintenance crews with real-time insights into the vehicle’s health.

Using Windows 10 IoT Core and Azure IoT, the Captium solution from IDEX Fire & Safety is designed to make fire vehicles smarter by connecting the numerous systems and components of a fire truck to provide technicians and maintenance crews with real-time insights into a vehicle’s health.
Beyond fuel levels and temperatures, the system monitors mechanical and electrical systems such as water flow rates that make up the truck’s firefighting and emergency capabilities. It can track preventive maintenance schedules, identify mechanical issues before they become larger problems, and detect trends associated with repairs, helping technicians and maintenance crews increase vehicle reliability, shorten repair times and keep trucks in service.
“Windows 10 IoT Core enabled us to leverage our existing skills and provided the security and trust we need to develop a demanding application that helps ensure first responders’ equipment is always operationally ready. Windows 10 IoT Core, combined with Azure, provided IDEX with the end-to-end platform to build our solution.” — Jeffrey Zook, marketing manager, IDEX Fire and Safety
NexCOBOT offers a next-generation checkout solution for retail
NexCOBOT has built a smart retail solution that helps brick-and-mortar store owners increase customer satisfaction. The company’s smart self-checkout solution supports accurate customer recognition for stores that offer memberships, along with easier object detection and real-time customer data management. Built on Windows 10 IoT Enterprise and a host of Azure services, this solution makes the checkout process intelligent, seamless and secure.
“We chose Windows 10 IoT Enterprise because of its stability and 10 years of long-term support for industrial applications and embedded PCs. It’s enterprise-grade ready and has world-class developer tools, which allow us to create a solution quickly and securely, and extremely shorten our development time and free our software engineers to focus on creating core competitive advantage.” — Jenny Shern, general manager, NexCOBOT Taiwan Co., Ltd.
Logic Supply expands its portfolio of ruggedized devices
Logic Supply designs and manufactures industrial PCs engineered for reliability and robustness to deal with the harshest environmental conditions. The company’s devices are used for demanding IoT scenarios requiring high-performance computing at the edge, including machine learning and computer vision. Logic Supply is in the process of expanding its offerings and moving from smaller devices into server-class hardware to meet the needs of customers.
Logic Supply systems run Windows 10 IoT Core and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, and are Azure IoT Edge certified. The company is committed to using Windows Server IoT 2019 and is currently working with a partner to commercialize a market-ready video analytics platform for robust and secure video security and surveillance systems running at the edge.
“We chose to work with Windows IoT products and services due to the long-term support, and the strength of the Microsoft brand. Equally important, Microsoft provides a trusted foundation for us to get our intelligent edge devices to market fast. We are excited to expand our Microsoft commitment by developing high-volume solutions that take advantage of the incredible storage and robust security offered by Windows Server IoT 2019.” — Murat Erdogan, vice president for products, Logic Supply
If you’re at Computex this week, be sure to visit Microsoft booth #L0110-4F to experience these Windows IoT solutions firsthand. And to learn more about how Microsoft is making substantial investments in cloud connectivity and using the power of Windows to accelerate our customers’ journeys to the cloud and the intelligent edge, check in with our Azure Internet of Things blog.