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Windows has long been a leader in powering dedicated devices. Many of the ATMs, cash registers, and airport kiosks around the world run Windows Embedded 7. That operating system is based on Windows 7, whose support is ending on January 14, 2020, which Brad Anderson talks about in his post 2019 is the year to make the shift to a modern desktop. Similarly, Windows Embedded 7 extended support will end soon.


Microsoft offers Windows 10 IoT as the modern migration path for these devices, which includes the same security improvements, excellent application compatibility, and management flexibility as the rest of the Windows 10 family. It also has many advanced features like machine learning along with built-in cloud readiness. In addition, our latest Windows 10 IoT releases from October 2018 will be supported for 10 years, until 2028.

The affected devices range from the previously mentioned types to devices in industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, digital signage, and many more. Windows 10 IoT lets our customers leverage their existing skills in software development and management. Similarly, most current applications and peripherals can also continue to be used.

Windows 10 IoT comes in two editions, Enterprise and Core. Windows 10 IoT Enterprise is the natural evolution of the Windows Embedded 7 family. It brings more security, performance and manageability along with the next generation of the Embedded Enabling Features, which give more flexibility for locking down dedicated devices.

Windows 10 IoT Core is an optimized version of Windows 10 designed for single purpose devices that can only run Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps. It has the security, supportability, and manageability you expect from the Windows 10 family but has a much smaller footprint (>2 GB). It also supports ARM Systems on Chip (SoCs).

There have been many changes since Windows 7 was released almost 10 years ago. Some of the most significant for dedicated devices include information security and privacy, manageability, artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning, and cloud computing. Windows 10 has countless advances in these areas. Here are a few highlights*:

  • Security—Trusted Boot, device encryption, and Device Health Attestation
  • Manageability—Azure IoT Hub, Microsoft Intune, and Device Update Center**
  • Deployment—Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service and Windows Autopilot
  • AI/machine learning—Windows machine learning and cognitive services
  • Cloud computing—Azure IoT Edge support

In September we announced that we will offer paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) through January 2023. This also applies to the Windows Embedded 7 family of products. These updates are sold through our embedded partners, so interested customers should contact their device manufacturer.

Now is the time to migrate to Windows 10 IoT and move to modern.


*Some of these services require an additional subscription.

**Device Update Center only applies to Windows 10 IoT Core.