At Computex, Microsoft has used the announcements of its partners to launch a new path toward device management that is heavily based on Azure services. In a blog post, the company has outlined its efforts to move beyond Windows 10 and focus on its new Modern OS for the future of computing. According to the company’s vision, the future operating system will get seamless updates, will be secure by default, will be always connected, well performing, cloud-connected, utilize AI, will offer the fullest range of input options, and will be able to transform into multiple form factors.
In the near term, Windows 10 will help push Microsoft’s customers toward an IoT future with the following core components:
- 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.