Microsoft is planning to provide a 10 year of updates on partners running Windows 10 IoT Core Services on Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Similar to the embedded devices that came before them, modern IoT devices are often used in places where physical servicing is difficult and expensive.
For example, it’s expensive for an oil company to put a technician on a helicopter to service equipment on a platform at sea.
“As a result, commercial IoT devices need to be supported and in service for far longer than their consumer counterparts,” Rushmi Malaviarachchi, a partner group programme manager at Windows 10 IoT, said in the company’s blog post.
“Windows 10 IoT Core is an edition of Windows 10 designed for building smart things and optimized to power intelligent edge devices.”
Windows IoT Core is optimized for smaller devices with or without a display that run on both ARM and x86/x64 devices. While, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise is a full version of Windows 10 that delivers enterprise manageability and security to IoT solutions.
The Microsoft programme promises its partners, who creates apps on top of the Windows 10 IoT Core Services, a guaranteed updates for these devices for a decade.
It also promises partners secure IoT-device backed by industry-leading support.
“It provides device makers the ability to manage updates for the OS, apps, settings and OEM-specific files, and is backed by 10 years of support,” said Malaviarachchi.
These new service is part of Microsoft bigger plan to tap into the fast, growing market of Intelligent Things.
In April, Microsoft said it plans to invest $5 billion in the IoT world over the next four years.
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Microsoft plans to invest $5 billion in the complicated-but-exciting world of Internet of Things over the next four years.
In a blog post, Corporate Vice President of Azure Julia White didn’t go into detail about how the $5 billion will be spent or the kinds of products that could come out of it.
She wrote that Microsoft’s IoT platform today spans its cloud, OS and devices areas, and this investment will allow businesses of all sizes and levels of technical expertise to build connected devices and programs.