Windows 10 for IOT

What is Windows 10?


Windows 10 unifies Windows Embedded and other products and categories around a common internal core. So whether you build small-footprint products, mobile or handheld devices, larger fixed-function devices, or even industrial equipment, you can embed and manage Internet of Things (IoT) functionality in them all, using just one development environment.

How does Windows 10 address the pain points of OEM businesses?

An IoT-enabled product portfolio is a powerful selling point for OEMs. But developing and managing IoT capability across a diverse range of products, form-factors, development platforms and tools is complex and expensive, and can make you uncompetitive.

Windows 10 not only consolidates all development and deployment into one environment, (Visual Studio), but thanks to its connection to Microsoft Azure it can also deliver secure, Cloud-based data analytics, business intelligence, and other software-based services, that OEMs can potentially monetise, generating additional revenue.



Windows 10 is here!

Microsoft launched Windows 10 in the consumer market on July 29th, 2015. Windows 10 IoT for the industrial / embedded space is available as well.

We have four main products with different licenses for industrial usage available:

  • Windows 10 IoT Enterprise (Pro, Retail/Thin Client and 2 Tablet licenses available)
  • Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise
  • Windows 10 IoT Core
  • .net Micro Framework

All Windows 10 IoT products are based on the new Windows 10 kernel and all versions from IoT Enterprise down to the IoT core version run the same Universal Apps and Universal driver model! Therefore, it is possible to run the same application from industrial devices, mobile phones, tablets and desktop devices.



Microsoft IOT products available

Windows 10 IOT Enterprise

Windows 10 IoT Enterprise (Referred to as “Industry”) is based on the normal Windows 10 Enterprise installation media but with the possibility to install the well-known embedded enabling features afterwards:

  • Write Filters (EWF/FBWF/UWF)
  • USB-Filter
  • Keyboard Filter
  • Gesture Filter
  • App Locker and Layout Control
  • Dialog Box and Notification Filter
  • Shell Launcher / App Launcher


SKUs & Target Devices:

  • Windows 10 IoT Enterprise: ATMs, Medical, Industrial
  • Windows 10 IoT Enterprise for Retail or Thin Client: Thin Client, Traditional POS, Digital Sign & Kiosk
  • Windows 10 IoT Enterprise for Tablets: Industry tablets ≤ 10.1"
  • Windows 10 IoT Enterprise for Small Tablets: Industry tablets < 9"

See the processor list for tablets & small tablets here.

Windows IoT Mobile Enterprise

Windows IoT Mobile Enterprise will fit in the industrial handheld market.
Hardware support is for x86 and ARM. On the ARM side, the focus will now be on the Qualcom HW platform only.

SKUs & Target Devices:

  • Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise: Mobile POS, Handheld

Windows IOT core

The Windows IoT Core (aka Windows “Athens”) will run on x86 and ARM processors.

For the launch date, Qualcom is the preferred ARM platform but Microsoft is in discussion with Freescale as well. A technical preview is available at

Launch date: autumn 2015

SKUs & Target Devices:

  • Windows 10 IoT Core: IoT Gateway

.net Micro Framework

The .net Micro Framework now gets direct support from the Microsoft product group and will support as its own operating system in the low end ARM segment Cortex M3 or M4 like the STM32F2/F4 on the Netduino boards:

The .net Micro framework is open source and for free @