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IoT in Action: Developing intelligent solutions that change the world – Windows Experience Blog

The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly changing the world around us and transforming business for the better. Here at Microsoft we’re all in, committing $5 billion to IoT over the next four years. Windows is an essential part of this movement having powered both connected and non-connected devices for years – and it will be part of the new generation of intelligent devices that leverage the power of the cloud and comprise IoT.As we will discuss throughout this year’s IoT in Action event series, companies need secure devices that can be quickly provisioned, easily managed and seamlessly connected to the cloud to support their overall business strategies. Let’s talk about some essential aspects to consider when developing and deploying your IoT solution.
Embrace the intelligent edge
Companies can build more productive IoT solutions with secure, intelligent devices at the edge. Our IoT offerings include what businesses need to get started, from operating systems to cloud services to advanced analytics to business applications. We’ve seen that connecting devices to the cloud has enabled a whole new world of scenarios, including making processes more efficient, reducing costs and enabling new business models to enhance your company’s competitiveness.
Using Windows IoT, customers find they can learn more and do more with smarter devices. Windows 10 IoT is integrated by design with Azure IoT so you can quickly harness the power of the intelligent edge. With integrated cloud connectivity, Azure IoT can provision and manage Windows 10 IoT Enterprise devices and provide advanced edge capabilities like containers, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and computer vision.
Build in intelligent security
As IoT-enabled devices become more sophisticated, so do the corresponding threats, which is why companies need to ensure they are incorporating the proper management and security into their IoT solutions.
Data should be protected throughout the entire process: when it’s at rest, in motion and during execution. To accomplish this, Windows 10 IoT provides the best endpoint security, building on the strengths of Windows Embedded while also offering new cloud and security enhancements that protect your IoT solutions from device to cloud.
Windows 10 security is built-in and always up-to-date for the supported lifetime of the device. But we’re not stopping there. To ensure devices everywhere – large and small – are secure, Microsoft has taken the 7 Properties of Highly Secured Devices and created the Azure Sphere solution. As the industry’s first holistic platform to provide security for microcontroller (MCU) devices, Azure Sphere combines cloud security, a secured OS, and a secured MCU to protect and power devices at the intelligent edge.
Partner to create and deploy solutions – faster
It takes months to build and deploy IoT solutions. With Windows 10 IoT, you can create solutions faster with a familiar app environment, tools and framework. Yet getting to market quickly also takes collaboration. Here at Microsoft, finding the right partners to swiftly build and scale solutions is a top priority.
8 West and Testify, for instance, are companies that have built IoT devices to save lives and help us get to our destinations faster and more comfortably. They serve as key examples of how Microsoft encourages partnerships and helps companies build and get repeatable IoT solutions to market faster.
Leverage Microsoft’s extensive partner ecosystem of device makers, developers, consultants and integrators to create the best IoT solution for your business need. The IoT in Action events will feature a digital matchmaking tool designed to help attendees identify and meet the partner or customer most suited to their immediate business need or opportunity.
Build IoT solutions with endless possibilities
IoT in Action is a one-day event designed to give you the chance to meet and collaborate with Microsoft’s customer and partner ecosystem to build and deploy new IoT solutions that can be used to change the world.
At this year’s event, we’re providing an increased number of hands-on technical sessions and in-depth learning around IoT security and the IoT opportunity. You’ll gain actionable insights, deepen partnerships and unlock the transformative potential of the intelligent edge and intelligent cloud.
Register today to reserve your seat
Register to learn more about the modalities and economics of transforming business through IoT. This event is ideal for anyone interested in learning more about transforming business through IoT and for technical leaders looking for practical guidance.
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Stay tuned for additional event dates and locations, and be sure to augment your IoT learnings with the IoT in Action webinar series.

Microsoft announces the public preview of Windows 10 IoT Core Services – Windows Experience Blog

The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming how businesses gather and use data to develop competitive insights and create new financial opportunities. As IoT technology matures and our partners gain more experience, they are evolving their business models to increase the overall return on investment of their IoT solutions. This includes adding recurring revenue, enhancing security, and reducing support costs.
At Computex a few weeks back, we announced Windows 10 IoT Core Services, which enables our IoT partners to commercialize their solutions running on Windows 10 IoT Core. We are now excited to announce the public preview of this service along with details on purchasing and pricing. As described in our previous blog, IoT Core Services provides 10 years of operating system support along with services to manage device updates and assess device health.
Windows 10 IoT Core Services helps our partners monetize their solutions by creating a business model that provides ongoing long-term value. IoT devices are often in service for many years, so device support costs are important considerations that are either included in the initial purchase cost or often paid over time through a service contract. Windows 10 IoT Core Services provides our partners with the ability to distribute maintenance costs over the life of the device while also giving them tools to streamline and reduce maintenance overhead. This service can be purchased up front with a device or through a recurring subscription and provides 10 years of operating system support, including updates for security and reliability.
Device Update Center is part of the Windows Hardware Device Center and is used to create, control, and distribute device updates for the OS, custom apps, drivers, and other files. The steps to register a new Windows 10 IoT Core device are described in the Device Update Center User Guide. Entries can be created in Device Update Center for each unique device model as shown below.
Device Update Center
OS updates and custom updates (apps, drivers and files) are delivered through the same content distribution network that is used daily by hundreds of millions of Windows users around the world. Updates can be flighted in three distinct rings – Preview (test devices), Early Adopter (self-host devices) and General Availability (production devices) to have a controlled roll-out process where new changes can be validated with smaller sets of devices before broader deployment.

In addition to long-term support and device update control, Windows 10 IoT Core Services includes rights to commercialize with Device Health Attestation. This cloud-based service evaluates device health and can integrate with a device management system to improve the security of an IoT solution. These features give our partners the foundation to build sustainable business models based on Windows 10 IoT Core.
The Windows 10 IoT Core operating system remains royalty-free. Windows 10 IoT Core Services is a paid offering that can easily be added depending on the scenario.
Businesses and solution integrators can purchase IoT Core Services through an Azure subscription. The subscription price will be $0.30 per device per month when the product releases later this fall. During the preview period, the price is $0.15 per device per month.
Partners enrolled in our Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program will be able to resell the service and establish ongoing relationships with their customers. They can sell a flexible, pay-as-you-go subscription as needed to meet device requirements. This option will be available later in the year.
OEMs can license the service with a device by pre-paying for the service. This option will be available later in the year.
Microsoft is committed to offerings to help our partners provide compelling solutions and achieve their business goals. Along with our recently announced support for NXP silicon platforms, long-term support, and the Windows AI Platform, Windows 10 IoT Core Services is another step in meeting our partners’ needs.
To learn more about developing with Windows 10 IoT, enroll in our Early Adopter Program at EEAPIOTPartner@microsoft.com and to learn more about Windows 10 IoT Services, see the technical details at the Windows IoT Core Dev Center.

Windows 10 IoT – Tomorrow’s IoT today – Windows Experience Blog

Similar to the embedded devices that came before them, modern IoT devices are often used in places where physical servicing is difficult and expensive. For example, it’s expensive for an oil company to put a technician on a helicopter to service equipment on a platform at sea. As a result, commercial IoT devices need to be supported and in service for far longer than their consumer counterparts.
Today at Computex 2018, we are excited to announce Windows 10 IoT Core Services. This offering will provide 10 years of support along with services to manage device updates and assess device health, enabling our IoT partners to create solutions to address their customers’ needs.
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 innovators such as Johnson Controls, Askey, and Misty Robotics.
Building on the Windows 10 IoT Core operating system, Windows 10 IoT Core Services will be a paid offering for IoT devices. The free edition of Windows 10 IoT Core will still be available via the Semi-Annual Channel (SAC).

10 years of Windows OS support via the Windows Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) which provides quality updates to keep device security up to date. Devices using the LTSC release won’t receive feature updates, enabling them to focus on stability by minimizing changes to the base operating system. Microsoft typically offers new LTSC releases every two to three years, with each release supported over a 10-year lifecycle.
Update control with the newly announced Device Update Center (DUC) which provides the ability to create, customize, and control device updates. These updates are distributed by the same Content Distribution Network (CDN) as Windows Update which is used daily by millions of Windows customers around the world. Updates can be applied to the operating system, device drivers, as well as OEM-specific applications and files. Updates can be flighted to test devices prior to broader distribution.
Device Health Attestation (DHA) enables enterprises and OEMs to raise the security bar of their organization with hardware-attested security. Evaluating the trustworthiness of a device at boot is essential for a trusted IoT system and a device cannot attest to its own trustworthiness. Instead, this must be done by an external entity such as DHA Azure cloud service. This service evaluates device health and can be combined with a device management system, such as Azure IoT Device Management. With this, you can take actions, for example, re-imaging the device, denying network access or creating a service ticket.
With these features, you can commercialize a device built on Windows 10 IoT Core and know that you have the enterprise-grade support and security that is synonymous with Windows. We are currently in limited preview with this service; to join, please email iotservices@microsoft.com. A broader preview will be ready in July 2018, with general availability later this year.
Earlier in the year, we announced that with the next release of Windows 10 IoT, we will provide 10 years of support for both Windows 10 IoT Core and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise. We also announced a partnership with NXP to support Windows 10 IoT Core on their i.MX 6 and i.MX 7 processors. The Windows 10 IoT Core Services offering builds on these announcements, as we continue to evolve the platform and make investments to support the IoT devices of today and tomorrow. We are excited about the possibilities and hope you will join us to create the future of IoT.

Windows 10 IoT – Tomorrow’s IoT today
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Updated June 5, 2018 11:03 pm

Do more at the intelligent edge with Windows 10 IoT

In the world of connected things, devices are getting more powerful. Advances in silicon, memory, and cloud technologies including machine learning and artificial intelligence are enabling devices to do more at the edge. These advances will expand use cases in manufacturing, healthcare, agriculture, and many other industries where an intelligent edge will unlock the power of the intelligent cloud in new ways.
Today, we are excited to announce a Windows AI Platform-enabled solution to put this power in the hands of every developer. In the next update to Windows 10, the Windows AI Platform with Azure Machine Learning together with Azure IoT Edge will bring hardware-accelerated machine learning model evaluation on the edge. By using instruction set optimizations on modern CPUs, hardware acceleration on GPUs that support DirectX 12, and a driver model for purpose-built AI processors in the future, the Windows AI Platform will deliver performance and efficiency on the broadest range of form factors.
At Microsoft Build 2018, we are showcasing this through a powerful demonstration. Imagine a production line in a steel factory equipped with cameras that can capture every square inch of steel passing through the line. Using traditional image processing techniques, it’s difficult to process and analyze this information, derive insights, and take actions in a timely and affordable manner. Using the Windows AI Platform available on every Windows 10 device, the machine learning model on the device will process the images at the edge and can detect anomalies on the steel surface instantaneously. With Azure IoT Edge, the device can be configured to send alerts or take a corrective action. With Azure Machine Learning, the ML model will be retrained and redeployed easily and quickly across devices. Such a deployment will enable a truly intelligent edge with hardware that is already available in market on a Windows 10 device with Direct X12 GPU.
Windows AI Platform powering edge solution at a steel factory.
At EmbeddedWorld2018, Microsoft announced 10 years of security updates and an expanded offering of long-life silicon for Windows 10 IoT Core. In close collaboration with NXP, we have begun a private preview of Windows 10 IoT Core on NXP i.MX 6 and i.MX 7 processors. Today, we are announcing that Microsoft and NXP will release commercial support for IoT Core with i.MX6 and i.MX7 with the next release of IoT Core.
Windows 10 IoT platform continues to evolve with feature investments including the Windows AI Platform, expanded silicon offerings, and long-term support commitment. We are excited about the possibilities and want to see what you do with this. To learn more about developing with Windows 10 IoT, enroll in our Early Adopter Program at EEAPIOTPartner@microsoft.com.

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Windows IoT accelerates the intelligent edge with the Windows 10 April 2018 Update

Our partners are continuing to create exciting and innovative IoT solutions. As we work with them, we’re constantly thinking about ways to make it easier to build devices with Windows IoT. With our latest major release – the Windows 10 April 2018 Update – we have added features to make developing, deploying, and managing these IoT solutions faster using Windows 10 IoT Core and Enterprise.
Streamline your development with Windows 10 IoT Core
The developer experience for Windows 10 IoT Core begins with the Windows Dev Center and continues with our Visual Studio tools. With the April 2018 update, we’ve improved both of these and added new features to make edge devices even more powerful.
We’ve added a Community section to the Windows IoT hub on Windows Dev Center, making it the go-to destination for all community-related resources, videos, online courses, in-person training, message forums, and more. This hub links our community with the help and resources they need to get answers, connect with others, and learn about Windows 10 IoT Core.
When writing unit tests for a project in Visual Studio 2017 which targets Windows 10 IoT Core, developers can now execute those unit tests remotely on the device directly from Visual Studio instead of having to deploy tests to the device and run them manually.
In recent releases. we’ve made significant investments in AI and Machine Learning across Windows and Azure. Developers looking to infuse AI into their applications and devices can leverage the capabilities in the Windows AI Platform to create more intelligent devices and build deeper connections with customers.
OEMs looking to bring a voice-enabled device to market quickly can integrate Cortana support into their device using the Cortana Devices SDK [Preview]. With the SDK, developers can access Cortana’s rich set of capabilities, bring conversational voice interaction to their device, and deliver a product that’s always getting better.
OEMs can perform remote configuration and management of devices at scale using Azure IoT Device Management. This new sample implementation combines a local client, cloud service, and management portal, enabling IoT operators to perform device management at cloud scale. Unlike competing platforms, this solution leverages the rich set of CSPs available on the Windows platform to power actions such as desired configuration, firmware update, and factory reset remotely from the cloud.
Console-based applications are especially important for running jobs and background processes on headless IoT devices. With this release, you can write UWP console apps that run in a console host, such as a command console or PowerShell. UWP console apps can also use Win32 APIs available to UWP apps and can be published and updated through the Microsoft Store.
Miracast allows a device to cast its display to a remote receiving device. We’ve added a new Miracast feature package for IoT Core along with a set of casting APIs to enable a device to act as a Miracast transmitter or receiver. We’ve also added support for the Bluetooth A2DP-SRC profile which allows a device to act as an audio source for Bluetooth streaming, including remote control capabilities over Bluetooth using the AVRCP profile.
One of our most popular Qualcomm boards, the DragonBoard 410c, has become far easier to flash with this release. Using the latest version of the Windows 10 IoT Core Dashboard, simply connect the board, put it into flash mode, and flash the device directly from the dashboard.
For finding and connecting to WiFi networks, we’ve updated the WiFi Connector sample to be on par with the netcmd command which was previously deprecated. This sample uses the WiFiAdapter APIs to manage wireless network connections and adapters.
Producing a global-ready device requires supporting diverse geographical regions, including differences in time zones. We have new time-related APIs for automatically setting the system clock to the local time and time zone based on device location, enabling OEMs to create a more streamlined out of box experience. We also have new language APIs for setting the preferred user language, region, default speech language, and default voice.
Unlock the full power of Windows for IoT solutions
With Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, device makers can leverage all the features of Windows 10 to create dedicated devices such as kiosks. We have many features to lock down devices and we’ve incorporated feedback to improve the experience of device makers and end users.
In previous releases, we’ve simplified the configuration and management of kiosk devices using Assigned Access by investing in scenarios such as allowing a kiosk to run a single app or creating a kiosk that runs multiple apps. We’ve improved the experience in this release by adding support for multiple screens for digital signage use cases. We’ve also added the ability to configure and run Shell Launcher in addition to existing UWP Store apps.
We’ve created monitoring of kiosk health for Assigned Access to enable IT pros to query deployed kiosks for their most recent health status. Devices with health monitoring enabled can be configured to proactively push alerts to the MDM server. We monitor 3 app states: app is running, app is not found, and app activation failed. We’ve also built logic to restart the app automatically for up to 3 crashes. When an app crashes, logs can be sent back to the alerts portal for further analysis.
When setting up a restricted device, IT pros can use Assigned Access to restrict a select user account to access a single Windows app. One of the most requested features for Assigned Access is to allow the same restricted experience for multiple users. In this release, we’ve added support for assigning user groups to Assigned Access. Now IT pros can target the restricted experience to a group of users instead of a single user using a local group, AD group, or AAD group.
Learn more and start building today
We’re committed to enhancing our platform with each update. To learn more about how to build IoT solutions using Windows 10 IoT and get more details about the Windows 10 April 2018 Update for IoT, please visit us at windowsondevices.com.

Trusted Cyber Physical Systems looks to protect your critical infrastructure from modern threats in the world of IoT

This solution seeks to provide end-to-end security that is resilient to today’s cyber-attacks so our industrial customers can operate their critical infrastructures with confidence and with no negative impact to their intellectual property and customer experience.
As the Internet of Things gains momentum with millions of devices connected to one another, it has become more challenging to secure these devices and services given their increasing complexity. Over the last few months, we have already witnessed attacks to critical infrastructure around the world from Triton infiltrating the control and safety systems of an oil and gas plant to NotPetya shutting down production at a pharmaceutical factory. We can no longer ‘simply’ connect our devices without building in end-to-end security because the financial toll is not the only risk but the risk to human lives and property is too great.
The Triton attack on the control and safety systems of an industrial plant brought to the forefront system vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure even when they are designed with failsafe controls. Attackers used sophisticated malware to remotely control a safety control workstation. Some controllers accidently triggered failsafe mode as the attackers tried to reprogram them. This attack brought to light two challenges prevalent in today’s connected world – a need to prevent malware from taking control of key operations and a hackers’ ability to leverage third-party operators such as admins of cloud hosting services, or OS, and driver vendors to introduce malware.
Illustration A: Compromised System
Illustration B: TCPS Enabled System
Microsoft’s Trusted Cyber Physical Systems (TCPS) efforts address these challenges to secure critical infrastructure by creating a security pattern to process critical data throughout distributed systems. Data in execution must be protected by Trusted Execution Environments (TEEs) such as Intel SGX, ARM TrustZone, and SecureElements. Components must not only use secure protocols, and protect keys and data at rest, they must also perform all critical operations in a TEE that is protected from public cloud hosters and OS vendors. Our overarching security principle for TCPS is that the solution owner/operator must not lose control over their critical systems.
Here is how Trusted Cyber Physical Systems is realized with the following four properties:
Separation of critical execution: Help protect critical infrastructure from malware threats by separating non-critical from critical operations and concentrating on using hardware isolation to protect control of physical systems.
Inspectability of execution process: Ensure that any code that handles critical operations must be auditable by operators through source code review.
Attestability of processing environment: During operation, each component must be able to verify that data is received and sent only from trustworthy sources. A component also needs to attest its trustworthiness to other components.
Minimizing number of entities that need to be trusted: Reducing the number of trusted entities significantly reduces the attack surface for critical infrastructure. In the ideal TCPS solution, the operator will maintain the only root of trust for critical code execution.
Why work with Microsoft on securing your Critical Infrastructure?
We at Microsoft have taken a holistic approach with TCPS based on years of security, cloud, and embedded experience.
With TCPS, you can be assured that code inspection by customers and third parties will be on Microsoft-provided trusted applications and services.
Azure confidential computing brings trusted execution to the cloud
The Windows IoT Device Update Center can be used to deliver patches via the Windows Update global CDN
Windows 10 IoT Core support for NXP i.MX 6 and i.MX 7 enables TCPS to the wire with trusted I/O
Leaders in cross-platform industry standards efforts (ex: OPC, IIC, TCG, IETF)
Microsoft and our partners are seeking to unlock trusted execution in the cloud, on devices controlling infrastructure and on edge devices. The power of TCPS brings trusted execution to the wires and pins that control critical infrastructure, enabling end-to-end critical infrastructure solutions.
You can find-out more about what we’re building and how to partner with us in bringing these solutions to market. If you are attending Hannover Messe Industry 2018, please visit us at Hall 7 C40. You can also learn more via our Whitepaper, overview of TCPS or contact us at tcps@microsoft.com.

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.

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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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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.