Microsoft has released the new Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2016 LTSB version at the end of July 2016. The 2016 LTSB version is based on the Anniversary Update of the classic Windows 10 and includes some new embedded features in the IoT versions. Also the IoT version is now available with Current Branch for Business (CBB) servicing model allowing for more frequent feature updates. The CBB version also includes all standard applications from classic Windows like the Edge Browser or the Windows Store application. Also included are Cortana and Windows Hello.
UPDATE (October 2018): Windows 10 IoT Enterprise CBB was renamed to Windows 10 IoT Enterprise SAC – part numbers are still the same!
Customers will be able to upgrade their Windows 10 IoT 2015 LTSB license to the 2016 LTSB or CBB version with a free field upgrade (COA costs may apply). It is also possible to do a field upgrade from any other embedded system to the Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2016 LTSB or CBB version.
One of the new features is the Keyboard Filter. We already know the filter from Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro but from Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2016 LTSB & CBB the Keyboard Filter is back. The configuration of this feature can be done via PowerShell (WMI) or the Embedded Configuration Manager (ECM) from Elbacom.
With anniversary update of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, Microsoft switched to a value-based pricing model aligned to computing capability. This model replaces the “Retail or Thin Client” SKU for POS devices or separate SKUs for tablets. With the new Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2016 LTSB or CBB version it depends on the CPU you are using. There are three different SKUs for the LTSB and three different SKUs for the CBB version. The same model has been introduced for Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2015 LTSB.
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Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2016 licenses
The “High-End” SKU is for devices that contain an Intel Core i7, Intel XEON or selected AMD FX models. The “Value” SKU is for devices with a CPUs such as the Intel Core i3, i5 or AMD R-Series, A10, A8 and the rest of the FX models.
The “Entry” SKU is for devices with a very low computing capability and CPU models like Intel Atom or selected Celeron and AMD E1, E2, A4, A6 or G-series. The “Entry” SKU has the lowest price, whereas the “High-End” SKU has the highest price. The “Value” SKUs price lies in between the two.