New Windows lite to power internet of things

Scaled-down version of Windows 10 OS released for connected devices

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New Windows lite to power internet of things Windows 10 IoT Core has been released for the Raspberry Pi 2 as well as the MinnowBoard Max micro computers
By  David Ndichu Published  August 11, 2015

Microsoft promised a universal OS with Windows 10. Well, that pledge just got closer to reality after the company yesterday publicly released Windows 10 IoT Core, a version of the operating system to power the internet of things.

Windows 10 IoT Core is a pared down version of Windows 10 targeted towards small, embedded devices that may or may not have displays. The OS has been released initially for the Raspberry Pi 2 and the MinnowBoard Max micro computers.

For devices with screens, Windows 10 IoT Core does not have the familiar Windows interface; instead developers can write a Universal Windows app that will work the interface for their device. IoT Core is designed to have a low barrier to entry and make it easy to build professional grade devices, Microsoft said in a blog posting targeting its developer community. It’s designed to work with a variety of open source languages and works well with Visual Studio.

The first public preview of Windows 10 IoT Core was released at Microsoft’s Build Conference in April and the company has made various upgrades since then. Perhaps most importantly, support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity is now available.

Microsoft wants to make Windows 10 the default OS for all kinds of connected devices with billions of such gadgets coming on board in the next decade. It is working with the developer community and offering support to many open source options. For instance, all of its IoT samples are available on Github, as well as documentation and a growing set of libraries and helper tools. Developers wishing to create IoT software will require a development machine running the launch release of Windows 10 (Build 10240) and Visual Studio 2015.

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