Owning to mounting cybersecurity concerns, Microsoft is beefing up security on Windows 10 IoT core, a lighter version of its operating system designed specifically to work with connected devices.
As a part of those added security measures, Microsoft is bringing in in-built BitLocker and SecureBoot integration. Microsoft’s BitLocker data encryption technology and its Secure Boot system for only supporting trusted software will both appear in in an upcoming release of the operating system, Microsoft announced today.
By building on Windows 10 IoT core with this newly announced beefed up security, you can get these highly valuable security features without needing to build your own implementations meaning you can get your project done faster and still be more secure.
With Windows 10 IoT Core being part of the Windows family, it already offers Universal Windows Platform’s (UWP) rich programming model and language support. Thats not it though. Microsoft says that it has seen “a great deal of enthusiasm” for using Node.js in IoT projects, and the company is hence investing to improve the experience for developers on IoT Core with a single installer for all Node.js components, support for the Node.js ‘Serial’ and ‘Cylon’ robotics framework libraries, and even a ‘Cylon’ project template for Visual Studio.
Additionally, based upon the feedback it has receieved, Microsoft is also bringing in support for pulse-width modulation (PWM) and analog-to-digital converters (ADC) via an integrated and extensible provider API, addressing issues around the USB HID class driver, and many bug fixes.
Also, owing to the popularity of the web-based device management interface with customers, Microsoft is continuing the investment in it and delivering new functionality to change the device name, password and the ability to start processes.
Lastly, the company has also announced a new Windows IoT Core starter kit, which will be featuring on Microsoft’s booth at the World Maker Faire in New York on 26th & 27th of September. The new kit has been designed and developed in partnership with Adafruit.
This kit is available now at http://www.adafruit.com/windows10iotpi2 and includes a compatible set of sensors, electronic parts, wires, and cables that have been verified to work with Windows 10 IoT Core. It also has an SD card preloaded with Windows 10 IoT Core meaning.