Microsoft Pushes Windows 10 IoT Core Version

Redmond isnEUt just looking to rekindle the Windows love with version 10 of the operating system. Microsoft is also helping developers leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) with a slimmed down version that serves as a preemptive strike in a nascent market.

EUWindows 10 IoT Core is a new edition for Windows targeted towards small, embedded devices that may or may not have screens,EU said Steve Teixeira, director of program management for the Internet of Things team at Microsoft. EUFor 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 EUpersonalityEU for your device.EU

The Windows 10 IoT Core for Raspberry Pi 2 and the MinnowBoard Max is now available for developers in the Windows IoT Dev Center. Developers can choose their target boards, go through the process of provisioning the boards, getting the tools and launching development efforts. The only catch: They need development machines running the 7/29/2015 release of Windows 10 (Build 10240) and Visual Studio 2015.

Low Barrier To Entry

EUIoT core [is] designed to have a low barrier to entry and make it easy to build professional grade devices,EU Teixeira said. EUItEUs designed to work with a variety of open source languages and works well with Visual Studio. Oh, and you can also use it to build robotic air hockey tables.EU

All quipping aside, Teixeira pushed the message that the final version is much stronger than the first public preview of Windows 10 IoT released at Microsoft's Build conference in April. One of the most important evolutions is support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The list of new features goes on and on and on, but Teixeira called out a few he felt were most compelling.

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