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.