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.

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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Lockdown means that a Windows operating system can be adapted to your needs with specific restrictions. In the following we will discuss the lockdown features that are used to customize the operating system. The features that provide more security will be discussed in another article.

Unbranded Boot

The function Unbranded Boot can suppress Windows items that appear while starting the operating system. This includes the bootlogo, the status ring and the status text – either one of them or all at the same time.

In addition you can adjust that a black screen appears instead of a blue screen (= a fault message in Windows) and that the device will restart automatically. This way users can’t see if the system had a crash. After each crash a dump file will be created in the background in order to read out the error.

Embedded Logon

The Embedded Logon allows you to suppress elements of the Windows 10 user interface while starting and shutting down the operating system. For instance, the login screen can be hidden and an automatic login can be configured instead. Then it is possible to display an application directly after the boot screen. Furthermore, the login screen can be personalized by hiding some elements.

Shell Launcher

With the Shell Launcher a Windows 10 app or a classic Win32 program can be opened automatically if you want to hide the standard Windows user interface. This means, that when the PC is started, the application starts and the operating system remains invisible. It is also possible to configure different shells for different users so that two accounts run on the PC: one with the application as a shell and another with the classic desktop shell for administrative things.

Furthermore the Shell Launcher can be used to control what happens if the program crashes or is closed. It could restart, shut down or also just do nothing.

Assigned Access

The Assigned Access has similar functions as the shell launcher. It is interesting particularly for the so-called “single-function devices”, i.e. devices which are to fulfill only one function. These include, for instance, kiosks, POS terminals or displays at fairs. If an account is configured for Assigned Access a selected Windows app will run above the lock screen for the selected user account. Users of this account can not access any other function in the device. With some optional element the Assigned Access can be further personalized. For example regarding the power button availability and greeting elements.

To block access to the system certain touch and mouse gestures as well as key combinations can be blocked. To exit the application you have to press a special breakout key with which you can get to the login screen.

Customized OEM information

Another feature that allows you to personalize your PC is the possibility to customize the OEM information. You can state your own manufacturer and model name and insert your logo. In addition the support hours, phone and URL can be provided, which allows your customers to see directly where the system comes from and whom to contact with problems.

##Overview page of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise

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Windows 10 IoT Enterprise: Customizing
After we have already explained the benefits of Windows 10 IoT, we now want to be a bit more concrete. For this reason we now want to deepen the topic customizing a bit. The so-called embedded lockdown features are playing the leading role within this article.
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Lockdown means that a Windows operating system can be adapted to your needs with specific restrictions. In the following we will discuss the lockdown features that are used to customize the operating system. The features that provide more security will be discussed in another article.

Unbranded Boot

The function Unbranded Boot can suppress Windows items that appear while starting the operating system. This includes the bootlogo, the status ring and the status text – either one of them or all at the same time.

In addition you can adjust that a black screen appears instead of a blue screen (= a fault message in Windows) and that the device will restart automatically. This way users can’t see if the system had a crash. After each crash a dump file will be created in the background in order to read out the error.

Embedded Logon

The Embedded Logon allows you to suppress elements of the Windows 10 user interface while starting and shutting down the operating system. For instance, the login screen can be hidden and an automatic login can be configured instead. Then it is possible to display an application directly after the boot screen. Furthermore, the login screen can be personalized by hiding some elements.

Shell Launcher

With the Shell Launcher a Windows 10 app or a classic Win32 program can be opened automatically if you want to hide the standard Windows user interface. This means, that when the PC is started, the application starts and the operating system remains invisible. It is also possible to configure different shells for different users so that two accounts run on the PC: one with the application as a shell and another with the classic desktop shell for administrative things.

Furthermore the Shell Launcher can be used to control what happens if the program crashes or is closed. It could restart, shut down or also just do nothing.

Assigned Access

The Assigned Access has similar functions as the shell launcher. It is interesting particularly for the so-called “single-function devices”, i.e. devices which are to fulfill only one function. These include, for instance, kiosks, POS terminals or displays at fairs. If an account is configured for Assigned Access a selected Windows app will run above the lock screen for the selected user account. Users of this account can not access any other function in the device. With some optional element the Assigned Access can be further personalized. For example regarding the power button availability and greeting elements.

To block access to the system certain touch and mouse gestures as well as key combinations can be blocked. To exit the application you have to press a special breakout key with which you can get to the login screen.

Customized OEM information

Another feature that allows you to personalize your PC is the possibility to customize the OEM information. You can state your own manufacturer and model name and insert your logo. In addition the support hours, phone and URL can be provided, which allows your customers to see directly where the system comes from and whom to contact with problems.

##Overview page of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise

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Windows 10 IoT Enterprise: Customizing
After we have already explained the benefits of Windows 10 IoT, we now want to be a bit more concrete. For this reason we now want to deepen the topic customizing a bit. The so-called embedded lockdown features are playing the leading role within this article.
11 Apr 2017 Array ( [id] => 258 [title] => Windows 10 IoT Enterprise: Licensing policy [authorId] => [active] => 1 [shortDescription] => True to the motto "the best things come in threes", Microsoft’s new licensing policy is quite simply. With the three license models "Entry", "Value" and "High End", each CPU can now easily be assigned to one of these models. [description] =>

Speaking a little bit more professionally, the licenses contain three different SKUs (= stock keeping units). Since this sounds a little bit complicated, we translate "SKU" for our purposes simply with “price category”. Does that sound better? Yes, it does.

The advantage of these new price categories is that, especially with "Entry" and "Value", customers receive a full operating system at an unbeatable low price. Find out which of our spo-books can be classified into which of the three price categories "Entry", "Value" and "High End".

Entry: Intel Atom, Pentium (N and J series) and Celeron (N, G, J and 3000 series), AMD V10-V12

Value: Rest of Intel Celeron, Pentium, Core i3, Core i5, Core M, AMD V13-V19

High End: Intel Core i7, Xeon and selected AMD FX models, Ryzen 7

All mentioned spo-comm Mini-PCs can from now on be ordered with Windows 10 IoT Enterprise.

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##Overview page of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise

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Windows 10 IoT Enterprise: Licensing policy
True to the motto "the best things come in threes", Microsoft’s new licensing policy is quite simply. With the three license models "Entry", "Value" and "High End", each CPU can now easily be assigned to one of these models.