Windows 11 IoT: What We Know So Far
We’re here to present the facts on this upcoming release so you can make an informed decision about if and when to upgrade your system.
As with any launch of a new program or system, the release of Windows 11 has been highly anticipated for many months. It promises a redesign that streamlines productivity, optimizes creativity, and is navigated with ease. This up-and-coming version of Windows 11 will eventually be a great option for a number of personal and professional applications, but what about those currently utilizing industrial versions of Windows? And what about the typical concerns of bugs, delays, and hiccups that new programs often bring? It appears that Windows 11 IoT is in the works, though you may have to wait a bit longer than expected to utilize this new Windows 11 industrial operating system.
Currently, many industrial applications are running Windows 10 IoT Enterprise or Windows 10 Professional. Microsoft has announced an upgrade to these current versions, scheduled in late 2021. However, in 2022, it's likely that Microsoft will launch a new and improved version, Windows 11 IoT Enterprise.1
According to Microsoft, here are the expected release dates of these upcoming programs:
- Windows 11: October 5, 20212
- Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC 2021 – Before the end of 20211
- Windows 11 Pro –2021 Holiday Season, likely December but possibly as early as October3
- Windows 10 Pro End of Life – October 20254
- Windows 11 IoT: Early 20221
It is possible, however, that the long-anticipated Windows 11 IoT may not come out until 2024. Although Microsoft has said it will be released in 2022, there was a 3-year pause between IoT 2016 and IoT 2019, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see a 3-year pause between the last Windows 10 IoT (2021) and the next update to the IoT. This gap is due, in large part, to the hiccups that new program installations can cause in the industrial sector and the desire for more infrequent upgrades to company-wide systems. When Windows 11 Industrial is launched, whenever that may be, we generally recommend retaining your current Windows 10 IoT systems for a while. In most cases, continuing to run your current system is a smarter solution, as new system upgrades often bring about concerns with potential bugs, delays, uncertainties, and more. We anticipate that eventually, an upgrade will be wise for industrial and medical use to upgrade to Windows 11 IoT due to its many improvements, but that may be many more years down the road.
Intel processors that are 8th generation or newer should seamlessly integrate with all new versions of Windows 11 IoT. Most current machines are up-to-date with these processors and will be compatible with any upgrades you wish to utilize. But if you’re looking to upgrade your equipment and want to ensure optimal compatibility, Teguar plans to roll out several new computers with 8th generation processors before year-end. These computers will include both medical and industrial uses, which will make your transition to the new Windows 11 Industrial or the retention of your current Windows IoT system simple and easy.
Computers that wish to utilize Windows 11 IoT will also need to be TPM 2.0. This requirement is all about security—TPM is a hardware-based security feature that was created the safeguard information on your device. Security of this level is vital for industrial and medical applications where confidential and sensitive information is stored on company computers. Microsoft chose to require this to further protect their industrial and medical customers, and Teguar supports this requirement by offering TPM as an additional feature across a wide variety of our products.
Check Back for More Updates
As we receive more intel and monitor the progress of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC and Windows 11 Industrial, we will update our website to keep you informed. We are always keeping an eye out for new developments with Windows 11 IoT and other platform upgrades. However, for now, we believe Windows 10 IoT is the best solution for our customers due to its stability and history. Since consistency and reliability are the most critical aspects of an operating system for our industrial clients, we advise our customers to maintain the use of Windows 10 IoT for the time being, until more refined details and specifics have been clarified for the Windows 11 IoT release. For more information about what Teguar is doing to lead the way in IoT devices and industrial and medical computers, contact our sales representatives.
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