The following has been excerpted from microsoft.com.
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 (support for it ended January 14, 2020) and, 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, the 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 users leverage their existing skills in software development and management. Similarly, most current applications and peripherals can also continue to be used.
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 Microsoft announced that they 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.
Contact YYCC if you are using this Microsoft product version – we can help you evaluate and upgrade your systems as painlessly as possible.
*Some of these services require an additional subscription.
**Device Update Center only applies to Windows 10 IoT Core.