In addition to announcing a new product category called Windows Collaboration Displays at Computex yesterday, Microsoft also unveiled a new service offering for OEMs creating commercial IoT devices running Windows 10 IoT. Called Windows 10 IoT Core Services, the paid offering will provide Microsoft’s IoT partners 10 years of support for their devices, as well as the ability to manage updates and check their health.
“This new service offering enables partners to commercialize a secure Internet of Things (IoT)-device backed by industry-leading support, explained Rushmi Malaviarachchi, Partner Group Program Manager, Windows 10 IoT. “It provides device makers the ability to manage updates for the OS, apps, settings and OEM-specific files, and is backed by 10 years of support.”
Microsoft announced back in February that the next releases of Windows 10 IoT Core and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise would offer 10 years of support, but Windows 10 IoT Core Services is aiming commercial IoT devices that “need to be supported and in service for far longer than their consumer counterparts,” the company said today. The new paid offering is currently in limited preview and it will be generally available later this year.