Microsoft on stage Computex has announced a new version of Windows 10 IoT Core, called as “IoT Core Services,” which builds upon Windows 10 IoT Core operating system.
First released in 2017, Windows 10 IoT Core is an specialized edition of Windows 10 designed to build smart things and optimized to power intelligent edge devices with enterprise-grade support and security.
The new Core Services is follow up of announcements such as 1o years of support for Windows 10 IoT Core an Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, as well as NXP’s support for Widows 10 IoT Core on i.MX 6 and i.MX 7 processors.
While IoT Core is a free offering, “Core Services will be a paid offering for IoT devices combined with various services.” The free edition will continue to be available via Semi-Annual Channel (SAC), while the new offering will be available through Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) offering. That said, the devices using this new service will get 10 years of support along with services to manage device updates and assess device health. Devices using LTSC won’t receive feature updates.
Microsoft says, this allows them to focus on stability and it typically offers new LTSC release every two to three years with each support over a 10 years lifecycle.
New Windows 10 IoT Core Services offer benefits, including a new Device Update Center (DUC), which provide ability to control, create, and customize device updates. These updates will be distributed through the same Content Distribution Network (CDN) as Windows Update, and can be applied to the operating system, device drivers, as well as OEM-specific applications and files.
You will also have option to flight to test devices prior to broader distribution.
Finally, a new Device Health Attestation (DHA) lets enterprises and OEMs “raise the bar” for hardware-attested security. This allows you to evaluate security of a device, and can also be combined with a device management system, such as Azure IoT Device Management to help recommend solutions. So, you can take actions, for example, re-imaging the device, denying network access or creating a service ticket.
The new IoT Core Services offering is currently in a limited preview, you can email email@example.com to join.
Microsoft says, broader preview of the new offering will be ready by July 2018, with general availability is planned for later this year.