At the Computex 2017 industry expo in Shanghai, Microsoft along with partner demonstrated the new innovation with Always Connected PCs, Windows Mixed Reality, and Windowa and Azure IoT solutions.
Windows 10 IoT, a cutting-edge IoT platform has received huge improvements with Creatores Update, mostly in its Core, like improved developer tools, additional APIs, new code samples, and more.
At the recently concluded //build, Microsoft had showcased some innovative, secure, and intelligent customer solutions created using Windows 10 IoT Core and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, such as next-generation point-of-sale devices, interactive tables, and intelligent digital signage.
Also, Microsoft with Intel announced to bring more choice to customers and offer more computing power for their designs as Windows 10 IoT Core, moving forward will begin to support Intel’s full range of processors including the Core, Pentium, Celeron and Atom lines.
“This is a great expansion of our existing SoC support, which will now range from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 all the way to the top-end Intel Core i7,” said Microsoft
In addition to Baytrail, Apollo Lake, and Joule platforms supported today, Windows 10 IoT Core will also be supported on Cherrytrail and Braswell platforms in the near future, the company said.
This year at Computex, Asia’s largest IT trade show, “it is inspiring to launch partners’ innovative devices with Windows 10,” writes Peter Han. “From mixed reality headsets coming at highly affordable price points and connected IoT-enabled devices enabling consumers and businesses to achieve more to new ‘Always Connected PC’s’ powered by eSIM technology, the opportunities for partners to bring new types of devices to life has never been greater.”
At the show, some great new mixed reality headset designs that use Microsoft’s platform to enable a single and consistent user interface, standardized inputs, and a universal app platform for developers available for everyone this holiday coming from Acer and HP.
Windows Mixed Reality dev kits from Acer and HP are now available for pre-order through Microsoft Store for developers in the US (Acer, HP) and Canada (Acer, HP).
ASUS, in addition to its Oculus-Ready ROG gaming desktops and VR-Ready VivoPC X, will be adding a futuristic head-mount device with a unique polygonal 3D cover panel, and ultra-light with a six degrees of freedom (DOF) tracked motion controller, for an immersive MR experience enabling an easy one-hand setup.
Also, coming later this year, Lenovo’s mixed reality headset will contain built-in sensors to enable inside-out tracking and simplified set-up to let users move around more easily as they experience virtual worlds.
With Windows 10 IoT core on devices, Azure IoT, Cortana analytics, and business intelligence, Microsoft is providing a consistent, end-to-end platform that enables partners to build enterprise-grade, IoT solutions for customers.
In the booth, Microsoft showed for example, the Airbox device, that collects and reports data on air quality metrics like temperature and humidity and displays analytics on a dashboard. While in the restaurant scenario there is digital signage, a digital price board, a kiosk for self-ordering, and a robot which makes product recommendations based on historic order information.
The new “Always Connected PCs” that allow constant connectivity to the cloud will provide seamless eSiM connectivity.
Microsoft with Intel, Qualcomm and mobile operator will bring this new Always Connected PCs using eSiM technology from its device partners ASUS, HP, Huawei, Lenovo, VAIO, and Xiaomi.
Additionally, devices with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, Windows 10, always-on LTE connectivity will be coming from ASUS, HP, and Lenovo.
In addition, Microsoft partners also showed Windows 10 PCs, notebooks and All-in-one, and convertibles.