IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, Microsoft recently released something called Windows 10, a major update to the operating system that you may have come to know and use, and keeps on going on about it.
Part of today's Windows 10 news has some charm about it and is associated with the Raspberry Pi and the MinnowBoard Max.
Since the launch of Windows 10 we have reported on a mix of the good, the bad and the ugly and this would fall into the first category, being the public release of Windows 10 IoT Core for the above hobbyist machines.
An enthusiastic blog post from Microsoft said that the release works with open source languages and even Visual Basic. It is geared up for use on "small, embedded" screenless devices in a range of applications, and will require some user interaction and a full version of Windows 10.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation revealed in February that a version of Windows 10 would be made available for the Raspberry Pi 2.
"Windows 10 IoT Core is a new edition for Windows targeted towards small, embedded devices that may or may not have screens. For devices with screens, Windows 10 IoT Core does not have a Windows shell experience; instead you can write a Universal Windows app that is the interface and ‘personality' for your device," said Microsoft.
"Windows 10 IoT Core is designed to have a low barrier to entry and to make it easy to build professional-grade devices."
Microsoft talked about offering tools that can be used to create "fun and cool" stuff, such as Star Wars-themed robots and sophisticated air hockey set-ups. Developers have produced a mix of products including some with "very practical uses in the real world", the firm said.
Check out Windows 10 IoT Core - Home Automation Contest and win a trip to Maker Faire NYC or Rome - and a Pi! https://t.co/xOq87BOlhq— Raspberry Pi (@Raspberry_Pi) August 10, 2015
The kit and caboodle has had a spit and a polish before this proper release, and includes added connectivity support.
"The first public preview of Windows 10 IoT Core was released at the Build conference, and we've made great progress since then. Perhaps most importantly, long-awaited support for WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity has arrived," added Microsoft.
"The developer experience has been a high priority for our team as we've built Windows 10 IoT Core, and we hope this shows when constructing apps for this platform. Our philosophy is that we want to make it easy for developers to use the languages and frameworks they prefer to build IoT device apps."
We asked Eben Upton, founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, for his views on the release. He said that he was getting quite used to the transatlantic flight to Seattle and has seen a lot of great work at Microsoft on the Pi computer.
He added that he thinks the release is a "great thing" for the community and opens developers to new opportunities.
"We've put a lot of effort into this over the last 18 months. I believe it will win community support. The Pi has historically let people with ‘enterprise' Linux skills do projects that would traditionally have required ‘embedded' skills; this lets the (very large) community of people with Windows/Visual Studio skills get in on the game too," he said.
"It seems to me that Microsoft has a good story around security, cloud integration and Maker Pro (how you take something you prototyped on Raspberry Pi and turn it into a saleable project). I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out." µ
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