Torizon comes with the Torizon Microsoft Environment. It offers a familiar, productive environment for those used to working in Microsoft environments, with tools like Visual Studio and .Net Core.
Powerful, familiar Windows developer environment
with Visual Studio
Focus on your application,
not the Linux OS
Internal Research and Development
Very early public Alpha Release
Toradex continues to have many customers using Windows Embedded Compact (Windows CE), and Toradex will continue to support Windows CE for many years to come. However, for new projects, alternative operating systems are preferable. After an in-depth analysis of requirements and possible solutions including Android, Windows 10 IoT Core, and various RTOS and Linux distributions, we found that Linux is the best choice for most of our customers. However, one big drawback of the previous Yocto-based Linux offering was the lacking ease of use when compared to the Windows CE-based solution.
Torizon provides an easy-to-use, industrial-grade solution with modern features for connected and secure devices. It lets you focus on your application, rather than on the kernel and drivers. To make this simplified application development possible, a seamless integration of Visual Studio and .Net is required.
You can keep working in the familiar and modern Visual Studio environment. The VS extension takes care of packaging your application into a docker container and deploys it to a Toradex System on Module running Torizon.
On-device debugging makes code iterations and debugging simple.
The Torizon Windows Environment does not provide a solution which is source code- or binary-compatible with Windows and Windows Embedded Compact (Windows CE). Depending on the application, considerable changes to the code may be required. The idea is to give Windows developers a familiar environment, so that they can be very productive without needing to become familiar with the inner workings of Linux. We are also investigating additional measures to easily move from Windows. If you have feedback, please let us know in our Community.
In 2016, Toradex released a Windows 10 IoT Core Technical Preview Starter Kit, and its progress closely. We concluded that, while Windows 10 IoT Core is an interesting operating system, Torizon with the Microsoft Environment will be a better fit in most situations. Microsoft’s own Azure Sphere also offers Linux on the device with a Microsoft developer experience.
Toradex Labs offers you a glimpse into this work in progress. Many features mentioned on this page are not ready at this time. In the meantime, if you'd like to take a look or even give it a try, we would welcome your participation and feedback.