Advantech gains early access to next release of Windows 10 Enterprise

Advantech, an Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provider and Microsoft EEAP (Ecosystem Engineering Access Program) partner, have received early access to next test release of Windows 10 Enterprise.

Microsoft is continuing to push Windows 10 IoT Enterprise forward at a rapid pace, with substantial changes expected toward the second half of 2021, including footprint reduction, silicon support expansion, and the integration of Linux modules.

As a key embedded partner of Microsoft, Advantech has early access to the next test release. Advantech is positioned as a one-stop-shopping partner to provide comprehensive services built around Windows 10 IoT Enterprise to the ecosystem.

Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC releases are long-term supported versions of Windows that are released every two to three years. Users typically receive security-specific updates for 10 years by design. Excluding unnecessary feature updates is critical in many vertical domains because it minimises the production impact of embedded systems. Since the most recent release for LTSC in 2018, Microsoft has continued to invest in expanding the capabilities of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise.

Reducing footprint

Windows 10 IoT Enterprise unleashes the full power of Windows 10 Enterprise for use in vertical-specific embedded systems, such as those used in kiosks, retail POS systems, smart gateways, robotics, and many other types of devices.

Microsoft continues to enhance its features and help OEMs with optimising embedded IoT image and footprint needs. In a nutshell, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise strikes an elegant balance between having a lightweight image and small footprint with powerful Windows capabilities.

NXP i.MX8 support

With the next release, Microsoft is planning to make Windows 10 IoT Enterprise to be available on NXP’s i.MX8 processors in addition to the existing support for Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm processors. NXP is a silicon choice for IoT solutions across many verticals.

The integration of i.MX8 and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise is exciting in many ways. Being part of the EEAP Microsoft partner program, Advantech is privileged to test a private preview on ROM-5720 and start to have an early experience of Windows on ARM (WoA). If you are curious about the combination of these two products, contact Advantech for further experience.

Convergence of Windows 10 IoT Core and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 

Going forward, partners with Windows 10 IoT Core deployments on x64 and ARM64 silicon will be expected to move to Windows 10 IoT Enterprise. For customers interested in migrating from Windows 10 IoT Core to Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, now is the time to contact Advantech for migration services and support.

Enabling Linux modules with Azure IoT Edge on Windows 

The Windows IoT install base can deploy Linux modules. This is critical for cross-platform customers to get the best of both worlds. 

Software add-on services with utilities, API, and hardware products

Advantech says it has demonstrated its commitment by providing software add-on services with utilities, API, and hardware products as a key Windows ecosystem contributor. For example, Advantech Windows 10 IoT Lockdown Utility simplifies the process for users to enable/disable lockdown features in Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, and this utility will remain available in the next generation of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise.

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