MICROSOFT has released the catchily-named Windows 10 IoT Core Insider developer preview for devices including the Raspberry Pi 2 and Intel's Minnowboard Max.
Microsoft warned that the software is pretty rough around the edges, but Steve Teixeira, director of programme management for Internet of Things (IoT) at the firm, said that Microsoft wanted to give makers "the opportunity to play with the software bits early" to get feedback on what's good, and what's not.
Teixeira said: "We're embracing the simple principle of helping makers and device builders do more by bringing our world-class development tools, the power of the Universal Windows Platform, direct access to hardware capabilities, and the ability to remotely debug, update and manage the software running on Raspberry Pi 2 devices."
"You may notice some missing drivers or rough edges. We look forward to receiving your feedback to help us prioritise our development work, he added, noting that a final version of the software will be made available this summer.
Raspberry Pi also offers developers some pre-download tips in a blog post. As well as echoing Microsoft's warning that it's likely to be buggy, Liz Upton, head of communications at Raspberry Pi, said that you'll need to be signed up to the Windows Insider programme and have Windows 10 installed on your PC.
Running Windows 10 on a virtual machine won't offer compatibility for the IoT release as you need access to the SD card reader.
Microsoft also showed off a Raspberry Pi-powered robot during the Build keynote on Tuesday to demonstrate how its HoloLens headset can bring such devices to life.
The demo (below) showed HoloLens overlaying a holographic robot named B15 on top of a physical one made using Raspberry Pi 2, and displaying how far the robot travelled, its battery life, wireless connection, temperature and other variables.
Microsoft also announced at Build that it has signed a partnership with Arduino making Windows 10 the first Arduino-certified operating system. µ
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