Windows Server IoT 2019 will be the main OS for IoT devices


Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
Deputy Editor
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Microsoft has announced Windows Server IoT 2019 along with various new services and products for Windows IoT at Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany. The latest release aims to target low powered and small Internet of Things devices.

Microsoft understands that you need more storage, computing power, and connectivity for complex IoT solutions. That is why the tech giant decided to roll out Windows Server IoT 2019.

The Windows Server IoT 2019 can enable the fixed function appliances to handle complex workloads. All of these complex tasks can be performed with high availability, security, and manageability. 

What’s New in Windows Server IoT?

The Windows 10 IoT OS aims to help the developers by offering a couple of enhanced features and capabilities.

Azure IoT Edge for Windows

The developers can take advantage of the capabilities provided by the Windows 10 IoT platform by bringing cloud workloads to the edge. They can use a managed service for scaling IoT solutions across the edge or cloud.

The service achieves its aims by locally delivering cloud intelligence. The Azure services rely on custom logic and AI to run on the cross-platform IoT devices.

The deployment of cloud services and applications on the edge can help the developers to meet bandwidth, data privacy requirements, and latency.

Azure IoT Device Agent for Windows

Most of the customers these days are interested in remotely managing and provisioning their IoT devices. They might not be directly able to access the IoT devices as they are on the factory floor or out in the field.

Additionally, the operators can use their Azure dashboard to remotely monitor, configure, and manage their devices via Microsoft Azure IoT Device Agent.

Robot Operating System for Windows IoT

Now commercial-grade Robot Operating System (ROS) solutions can be built and deployed by the developers on the Windows operating system.

It will help the easy development of robots, that are safe to be around human beings and aware of surroundings.

You can ensure rich intelligent edge and AI capabilities by bringing ROS to Windows IoT. Some of these capabilities are:

  • Computer vision
  • Hardware-accelerated Windows machine learning
  • Turnkey connection to Azure IoT cloud services
  • Azure Cognitive Services

As the Windows IoT brings manageability, and enterprise security, it can be beneficial for the customers that are dealing with robotic and industrial systems.

Apart from that the tech giant also released the expanded silicon support for Windows 10 IoT. The developers can use i.MX 8M and i.MX 8M Mini applications processors to run Windows 10 IoT Core.

Qualcomm Snapdragon processors and Windows Server IoT is the perfect combo for tomorrow’s IoT devices.

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