New version of the IoT OS announced by the software giant

Oct 5, 2018 08:47 GMT  ·  By  ·  Comment  · 

A few days after Microsoft started the public rollout of Windows 10 October 2018 Update to PCs across the world, the company returns with a new announcement, this time for the Internet of Things.

Windows 10 IoT October 2018 Update is available as part of Microsoft’s Semi-Annual Channel, but at the same time, it’s also offered to the Long-Term Servicing Channel with up to 10 years of support.

The feature lineup is much improved over the previous version, and it all starts with Azure IoT Edge support and Windows Machine Learning.

“Windows 10 IoT enables you to do more at the edge including machine learning, event processing, image recognition and other high-value artificial intelligence without developing it in-house. Seamless integration with Azure IoT Edge brings cloud intelligence and analytics securely to Windows 10 IoT devices at scale,” Microsoft explains.

Servicing updates for Windows 10 IoT

The hardware-accelerated machine learning allows developers to use pretrained models in their applications, the company explains, and it brings support for the industry standard Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) format.

Also, the new IoT update comes with support for NXP silicon. In collaboration with NXP, Microsoft thus debuts support for NXP i.MX 6, 7 and 8M series processors to Windows 10 IoT Core.

Beginning with the October 2018 Update, Microsoft’s Internet of Things platform also boasts kiosk and assigned access improvements, enhanced status reporting, and more management options, with support for Azure IoT Device Management offered through the Azure IoT Hub. This feature is provided to both Core and Enterprise customers.

Windows 10 IoT Enterprise also align with the recently-announced servicing updates, meaning that beginning with version 1809, all releases would be supported for up to 30 months. However, updates landing in the spring of each year and having a March targeted release would only be supported for up to 18 months.

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