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Microsoft's Windows 10 for IoT: What to expect


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"The" Windows tech writer to listen to, Mary Jo Foley, has again laid it out so even I could understand it! IoT stands for Internet of Things.

 

Excerpt:

 

"Microsoft is developing a number of Windows 10 for IoT versions, alongside some custom Windows 10 SKUs, targeted at a wide family of embedded devices.

 

During Microsoft's most recent Windows 10 reveal event in Redmond, Microsoft officials held a show and tell for many of the different versions of Windows 10 that the company is building for phones, tablets, PCs, conferencing systems and even holographic goggles.

 

But company officials didn't share anything new there about the Internet of Things (IoT) version of Windows 10 that Microsoft is readying.

 

In spite of that omission, we do know there are several different flavors of Windows that Microsoft is positioning as being part of the Windows 10 for IoT family.

 

Among them: Windows 10 Industry, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows 10 Compact, Windows 10 "Athens," and the updated version of the .NET Micro Framework. According to a couple of slides Microsoft showed off last fall at Tech Ed Europe, each of these Windows for IoT flavors is aimed at a different category of devices. Windows 10 Industry -- like the current Windows Industry embedded SKU -- is targeted at Intel-based point-of-sale systems and other specialized devices and will run both Win32 and "Modern"/Universal apps.

 

The Windows 10 mobile SKU will run on both Intel- and ARM-based tablets and phones, according to that same slide. (I believe is the coming version of Windows 10 for Windows Phones and small tablets that is due to go to preview in February.) The Compact/Athens SKUs, which also run on both Intel- and ARM-based devices, is for resource-constrained devices that need to run Universal Apps. The next version of the .Net Micro Framework, designed for wearables, small sensors and equipment like vending machines.

 

The Windows 10 IoT operating system versions are expected to be built on the new common core (OneCore), share the common Windows 10 Runtime and be available via the coming, unified Windows Store."

 

More in the article here: http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsofts-windows-10-for-iot-what-to-expect/?tag=nl.e589&s_cid=e589&ttag=e589&ftag=TREc64629f

 

 

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