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As an Authorized Microsoft Windows IoT Distributor, we have partnered with Microsoft since 1994 on embedded intelligent device solutions. As product and licensing experts, together with our engineers, we will help you with your Windows IoT solutions from conception to deployment.

Embedded Microsoft Products

Bsquare is an authorized distributor for the Windows 10 IoT family, Windows Server, SQL Server, Windows CE, and Windows 8/7 Embedded Products.

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What is Windows IoT (Embedded)

Windows 10 IoT is a version of Windows 10 made specifically for IoT solutions that offers complete management of and security for embedded devices. There are two versions, Windows 10 IoT Core and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise. Windows 10 IoT Core is designed to run a single app on small hardware, running only one Universal Windows Platform app in the foreground at a time. Windows 10 IoT Enterprise has all the features of Windows 10 Enterprise plus advanced lockdown features and long-term support, enabling Windows 10 IoT Enterprise to be a great fit for embedded systems such as ATM machines, digital signs, industrial automation systems, kiosks, medical devices, and point of sale.

What is Windows Server IoT 2019

Windows Server IoT 2019 bridges on-premises computing with Azure services, enabling hybrid computing scenarios. Windows Server IoT 2019 is also a full version of Windows Server that delivers enterprise manageability and security to IoT solutions for the OEM channel. Windows Server IoT 2019 is a Long-Term Servicing Channel offering that allows you to build fixed purpose, industry-specific solutions for security, retail, manufacturing, and healthcare.

Why Windows 10 IoT

Faster time to market

  • Support for the drivers you need
  • Integrated Azure IoT support
  • Visual Studio dev experience with great docs and samples
  • Windows 10 IoT offers a complete platform, allowing you to focus on your own unique value

Advanced security and lockdown features

Security for embedded devices built into the platform:

  • Keyboard filter
  • Unified write filter
  • Unbranded boot
  • Custom logon

Advanced configuration features

Gives embedded devices the look, feel and behavior you want, including:

  • Control and configure Windows Update, configuring access or disable entirely
  • Limit reboots from updates
  • Control UI notifications from the Windows Update client
  • Configure the system to hide blue screens
  • Configure notifications, toasts, and popups

Long-term support

Windows 10 IoT Enterprise on the Long Term Support Channel (LTSC) has 10 years of support, including a minimum of five years of Mainstream Support followed by five years of Extended Support. LTSC provides the support needed for systems that are deployed in the field and require longer term servicing and stability.

Why Bsquare

Bsquare is a software company that possesses more than twenty years of Windows IoT and Windows Embedded licensing experience. With our specialized embedded skills and knowledge, we can offer licensing and compliance advice, up-to-date product information, and nimble inventory management and forecasting. Bsquare also provides direct access to Windows OS Support from Microsoft.

Process

  1. Embedded OEM contacts Bsquare
  2. OEM initiates Customer License Agreement (CLA) signing process through Bsquare
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  3. Customer Signs CLA
  4. Microsoft cosigns CLA
  5. Bsquare provides OEM Pre Install Kit (OPK) to Embedded OEM
  6. Embedded OEM develops image using the toolkit or OPK
  7. Customer orders product license Certificate of Authenticity (COA)
  8. Customer device is manufactured
    1. Image is installed
    2. Affixes COA
    3. Includes End User Licensing Agreement (EULA)
    4. Completes the package
  9. Embedded OEM distributes the embedded system with the COA and EULA

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cost to join the Windows IoT program?

  • Joining the Windows IoT program is free.

What agreements are needed to purchase and distribute IoT and Embedded Licenses with my products?

  • Microsoft requires OEMs to execute an OEM Customer License Agreement, which Bsquare will facilitate between you and Microsoft. This non-negotiable agreement is set up via DocuSign. There are no obligations to purchase with the establishment of the agreement.

When do I order Certificate of Authenticity (COA) licenses?

  • Order COA licenses when you are ready to ship your device to an end customer.

Can IoT or Embedded product keys be used with other licensing channels?

  • IoT and Embedded product keys can only be used with OEM licensing channels.

Does Microsoft offer a discounted Windows upgrade product?

  • The cost for an upgrade license is the same cost as the full license.

How do I obtain the software to develop my image?

  • Bsquare will assist you with the OEM Pre Install Kit (OPK) download process or we can ship OPK DVDs for a small shipping fee.

What’s the difference between Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise?

  • The software is the same. The only difference is that one version of the software contains the acronym IoT to denote the IoT channel it is purchased from. Bsquare is an Authorized Microsoft distributor in the Windows IoT channel.

What’s the difference between Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Pro?

  • Windows 10 Enterprise includes lockdown features and other functionality for OEMs. Windows 10 Pro is targeted to the home user and needs to be updated with new features twice per year to stay supported.

What is Windows 10 IoT Core? How is it different than Windows 10 IoT Enterprise?

  • Windows 10 IoT Core is targeted to low-power hardware and can run one Universal Windows Platform app in the foreground at a time. Windows 10 IoT Enterprise can run on a wider range of hardware and has more features.

Why should I buy from Bsquare?

  • Bsquare has been in the intelligent edge device business for more than 20 years. We specialize in software and have engineering resources on staff to support our customers. We are deeply knowledgeable about Microsoft policy and products.

How do I track activations? How does Microsoft know how many activations have occurred?

  • Microsoft offers the Windows ADK, which contains the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT). Download the ADK for the OS version in use and install the VAMT.

What happens if the product needs to be swapped out? Can I reuse my license?

  • The COA or license is tied to the hardware. It cannot be removed and put on another server. If you try, it will not come off in one piece and the COA will be rendered useless. The license, once purchased and affixed to the device, is associated with the device for its lifetime.

Can I migrate from one prior version of an operating system to a newer version of the operating system?

  • Using Microsoft Migration Rights, an OEM can purchase a COA of the current OS and install an image of a prior operating system and deliver that system to end users. The end user then has 12 months of use of the prior OS before they must migrate to the current operating system.