If you’re running Win 10 Pro on a fixed function device, you’re overpaying for licenses and getting less security.
Pro and IoT both run Windows 10, but there are a few distinct differences between versions that make Win 10 IoT a superior choice for your connected product. We’re here to break down the differences, and ensure you’re paying the right price for the right license.
Get to know the differences between Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 IoT.
There are two primary differences between the IoT and Pro licenses: lockdown capabilities and price.
For a fixed-function device like a kiosk, digital sign, or vending machine, the ability to lockdown devices is a major advantage. Locking down devices can prevent security breaches, save customers from a poor experience with a malfunctioning device, and extend the life of your connected products.
Price is the second major differentiator between Pro and IoT. Windows 10 IoT is available through Bsquare, and provides the same Windows 10 Operating system at a lower cost. Whether you’re running tens or thousands of devices, the per-device cost differences adds up quickly.
“So Windows 10 IoT is cheaper and more secure- why would anyone run Windows 10 Pro?”
The top reasons OEM’s choose Pro? They need licensing for general purpose devices, or they simply don’t know that they have the wrong license.
If you purchase other Windows licenses for your business’ general purpose devices, your distributor is likely unauthorized to sell you Windows IoT licenses, so you wind up paying more for a Pro license. Bsquare is one of the few distributors permitted to sell IoT licenses, and we’ve been doing it for 20+ years.