Microsoft has announced the launch of a special version of Windows 10, meant exclusively for original equipment manufacturers (OEM). Titled Windows 10 IoT Core Pro, the OS is meant for small Internet-connected devices.
As per an official blog post Brett Bentsen, partner group program manager for Windows IoT,
This will enable OEM/ODMs (original design manufacturers) to move between Windows 10 IoT Core and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise without the need to maintain a separate firmware image for their devices.
Additionally, we’re making the Board Support Package for the Raspberry Pi open source (except for the UEFI parts) to help OEM/ODMs provide a customized board experience.
The OS is meant to encourage development for the internet of things over the windows platform. The OS will also enable OEM/ODMs to move between Windows 10 IoT Core and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise without the need to maintain a separate firmware image for their devices.
The move is a strong step along company’s commitment to iOT. The just concluded Build 2016 event only served to reinforce the notion of Microsoft attempting to maneuver into a dominating position in the niche. The event saw a host of announcements including the integration of Azure iOT suite and the remote display technology.
Microsoft will also be supporting application updates via the Windows Store for application developed on Windows 10 IoT Core Pro. The company also mentioned plans to release a Visual Studio extension that will ease the process of creating devices that connect with AzureIoT hub services, while also making them more secure.
With the ability to use a Trusted Platform Module to securely manage Azure keys and authenticate messages, Windows 10 based IoT devices will also be more secure.
The post also spoke at length about the flexibility offered by the core platform and how you could use Node.JS, Python, Wiring and other native code to work and developers on it. The platform also allows you to mix and match all these languages and frameworks to create the perfect app or software or system.
The Windows 10 iOT core may be downloaded via here, for raspberry, Minnow and and Dragonboard and has been made available through various distributors as well.