Microsoft has announced a new specialized version of Windows 10, one that has been created for internet-connected devices that are exclusively used by original equipment manufacturers (OEM).
The 64-bit (x64) Windows 10 IoT Core Pro allows users to easily move between IoT Core and IoT Enterprise without separate firmware images.
Microsoft's partner group program manager for Windows IoT, Brett Bentsen, said in a company blog post that update for applications on the Windows Store can be supported through Windows 10 IoT Core Pro.
At the moment those on the Windows Insider Program will get the features before end users will be able to see them. In the blog post, Bentsen said:
“Windows 10 was designed around the idea of device diversity and I'm excited to announce that we're releasing an x64-bit version of our Windows 10 IoT Core Pro edition software. This will enable OEM/ODMs (original design manufacturers) to move between Windows 10 IoT Core and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise without the need to maintain a separate firmware image for their devices.
Additionally, we're making the Board Support Package for the Raspberry Pi open source (except for the UEFI parts) to help OEM/ODMs provide a customized board experience.”
Windows 10 IoT Core Pro will only be available for distributers Microsoft has confirmed, while downloads of Windows 10 IoT Core (which already supported 32-bit installations) for the Raspberry Pi 2, MinnowBoard Max, and DragonBoard 410c are available for free to consumers.
Microsoft recently debuted Secure Boot and BitLocker features that were introduced on Windows 10 IoT Core.