Windows 10 IoT Core Commercialization Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Has Windows 10 IoT replaced embedded?

Windows 10 IoT is the replacement for the Windows Embedded product lines.

How do you support Windows 10 IoT Core? Do you have LTSB and LTSC support for 10 years, similarly to Windows 10 IoT Enterprise?

Yes, we recently announced LTSC for Windows 10 IoT Core and Enterprise. You can read more about this announcement here.

What will happen six months after I’ve signed the agreement?

You will need to come back and sign the agreement again. If you’d prefer not to manage this, you can sign an agreement with a distributor, where the agreement renews differently and automatically. You can learn more about distributors here.

Do my devices have to update automatically?

There is not a requirement that a device be connected to the internet. The license does require that you provide a mechanism to provide an update to the device if needed, but there are non-internet connected methods of delivering updates. You can learn more here.

How can I use Cortana for my Windows 10 IoT Core device?

You can leverage the Cortana Devices SDK, which can be found here.

Do I have to use a specific version of Visual Studio when developing with Windows 10 IoT Core?

No, you can use any version of Visual Studio you’d like.

Where can I get extra in-person help for prototyping and commercializing?

Microsoft’s IoT & AI Insider Labs are facilities to help you develop, prototype and test IoT and AI solutions for market commercialization. Located in Redmond, USA; Munich, Germany; and Shenzhen, China; they are located at the heart of Microsoft’s product group, industrial and manufacturing solutions. You can learn more about these labs here.