What’s new? – Windows-10-IoT-weeks and Intel’s plans for this year

The topic which is soon on everyone’s lips: Windows 10 IoT. Yay! In addition we want to make a small trip into the world of Intel and provide a short view on Coffee Lake which is the 8th generation of the Core-i-processors. Also the upgrade of the Kaby-Lake-Pentium-processors is going to be a thing this year.

The most important first: Windows 10 IoT

As already indicated there is some good news: Our customers are already making use of our expanded OS-offer due to the so called Internet of Things. In the upcoming weeks we will feed our blog regularly with entries about Windows 10 IoT. So much is said: Not only those who want to spend as little money as possible are going to be really happy. Also software cracks and everyone who wants to be one will find plenty of readworthy stuff.

By the way: Mounting brackets now available for our spo-book CORE!

Our small digital signage power pack, the spo-book CORE, can now also be delivered with a wall bracket according to VESA standards for a small extra charge. The great thing about this is that the CORE can be easily hooked onto the mounting options of the wall bracket. How the whole thing looks in real? Find some images on the bottom of this article!

Intel "Coffee Lake": The 8th generation is supposed to be released in 2017

Intel recently announced that the 8th generation of the Core-i-processors called "Coffee Lake" shall be released during the second half of this year. A performance increase of more than 15 percent is expected. Intel still lays low regarding codenames and clock frequencies. We can hardly wait for more information!

Even better than expected: The Pentium version of the “Kaby Lake” processors

Intel is clearly upgrading the 7th generation (Kaby Lake) of its processors. Thanks to Hyper-Threading, the entry-level CPUs offer significantly better results than their predecessors called Skylake, which can be clearly seen in some rendering software. If you would like to know what is behind the term "Hyper-Threading", simply take a look at our blog entry.

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But let’s start from the beginning and talk about the question why this operating system is now called Windows 10 IoT. First of all a little excursion to the term "IoT":

What does the term "IoT" mean?

IoT is the short form of "Internet of Things". This term describes the idea that PCs will gradually disappear and will be supplemented and replaced by smart objects ("things"). For the private sector this means that everyday objects are equipped with processors, sensors and transmitters. For example, refrigerators that re-order food or a smart brush that analyses your hair structure. But also and especially in the industrial sector the topic IoT is interesting for many industries. With embedded micro-devices, among others productions plants and dispatch processes can be networked and thus work much more efficiently.

What does this mean for Windows 10 IoT?

So why did Microsoft choose the name Windows 10 IoT for its new embedded operating system? Well, on the one hand, the term IoT is slowly on everyone’s lips, so that this isn’t a bad idea for marketing reasons in particular. On the other hand, Windows 10 IoT is part of the so called “One Windows” strategy. This means, that there is one Windows for all devices – from small devices up to big servers. This is because Windows 10 IoT exists in three versions which are differentiated according to the type of device: Windows 10 IoT Core for small devices like Raspberry Pi, Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise for smartphones and small tablets and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise for systems with desktop shell and Win32 apps.

All three variants are based on the same core, to which different features for each device family can be added. Thanks to the common core, the so-called Universal Apps can run on all platforms or device types, which significantly reduce and simplify the effort for development and support.

Regarding the three Windows 10 IoT variants, we are only focusing on Windows 10 IoT Enterprise since this is the version that is running on (Mini-)PCs and allows running desktop apps as well as Win32 applications. Possible fields of applications for Windows 10 IoT Enterprise are areas such as POS, kiosk, digital signage, industrial control, production facilities as well as cash mashines.

##Overview page of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise

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Windows 10 IoT Enterprise: Introduction

What actually is Windows 10 IoT Enterprise? Broadly speaking: It is the Embedded version of Windows 10. But stop: We should not be discouraged by this comparison. While Windows Embedded was often seen as too complicated, Microsoft has changed and simplified a lot of things with the introduction of Windows 10 IoT. So Windows 10 in the IoT variant is suitable for almost everyone.
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Excellent price-performance ratio

The phenomenal entry level price for commercial customers is less than €400 net – and that includes 4 gigabytes of RAM and 120 gigabytes of mSATA solid-state drive (SSD). And if that is still not enough: the main memory can be extended to up to 16 gigabytes. SSDs with 240 gigabytes and 480 gigabytes are also available.

Ultra-compact and ultra-lightweight

Using sophisticated technology, an ultra-compact mainboard has been developed and packed into an equally compact case. With dimensions of 112 x 41 x 108 millimetres, the spo-book CORE fits behind any monitor and can be easily mounted thanks to its integrated VESA 75 mount. In the temperature range from 0°C to 40°C, it runs continuously there without any problems. The simultaneously robust and ultra-lightweight aluminium case makes this mini-PC a true flyweight: when fully equipped, it weighs a mere 500 grams.

##Order a spo-book CORE or request a test sample

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NEW: spo-book CORE – Digital signage in the palm of your hand

spo-comm announces a new series for the digital signage market with the spo-book CORE. This ultra-compact mini-PC boasts an i5 processor with the latest Skylake technology, an excellent price-performance ratio and the option of displaying 4K content on up to two monitors.
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What exactly is Windows 10 IoT Enterprise?

Windows 10 IoT Enterprise is an operating system for industrial applications and embedded PCs. It is suitable for all devices running desktop apps and Win32 applications. Windows 10 IoT has all the features of Windows 10 Professional and additional some so-called embedded lockdown features. These are used to secure the device and protect it against unwanted attacks. In addition, they offer various branding possibilities and can, for example, make the Windows operating system completely invisible behind a running application. We will explain the individual lockdown features more precisely in other articles.

What are the benefits of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise?

In addition to the lockdown features, Windows 10 IoT offers other advantages that are interesting for industrial solutions. For a start, this operating system is supported for at least 10 years and will be available for 5 more years (a total of 15 years), which is particularly relevant for applications that are to run for many years.

Another advantage is hidden in the abbreviation LTSB. This stands for Long Term Servicing Branch and states that only every 2-3 years new versions are provided in form of updates, which can, but do not have to be installed. These updates have already been extensively tested on other versions of Windows and should not cause any problems. To prevent security gaps, security updates and hotfixes are continually installed. However, these do not cause compatibility problems since they don’t change the operating system.

The Multilingual User Interface (MUI) is another benefit of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise compared to Windows Professional. MUI means that several language packs can be installed at the same time and you can switch between them, depending on the location or user. For Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, there are more than 30 different language packages. If you also count the individual variants like en-UK or en-US, there are over 100 languages in total.

Thanks to a new licensing model, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise is also cheaper for most systems than the well-known Windows Professional. What this exactly means we are explaining here.

As a special service, a recovery stick is always included in the delivery scope of a system with Windows 10 IoT Enterprise. If a new installation of the operating system is required or desired, it simply can be "recovered" or reinstalled by using the stick.

For which purposes Windows 10 IoT is suitable?

In general, Windows 10 IoT is suitable for all industrial applications: from kiosk systems, POS devices and ATMS to production plant and industrial control to digital signage players or medical devices – just to name a few.

If you are not sure if Windows 10 IoT is the right solution for you and your application, we can provide you a free test sample of the desired PC with a Windows 10 IoT trial version.

##Overview page of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise

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Windows 10 IoT Enterprise: Benefits

Since we have devoted the last article to the term "Internet of Things" and the different variants of Windows 10 IoT, we are now entering the topic in general and will discuss the advantages of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSB.