Windows 10 IoT Core: Microsoft Introduces the Internet of Things Software

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by Eugenia Romanenko · 3 min read
Windows 10 IoT Core: Microsoft Introduces the Internet of Things Software
Rapidly prototype and build your Windows IoT solutions on a variety of devices running Windows 10 IoT Core. Windows 10 gives you powerful tools that let you develop fast and deploy to your device. Photo: Microsoft, Inc.

Microsoft released Windows 10 IoT Core, a light version of the Windows 10 operating system designed to run on Raspberry Pi 2 boards and Arduinos.

Nowadays, the growth of the Internet of Things is obvious and inevitable. Such tech giants as Google, Facebook, Intel, Samsung Electronics and Cisco Systems are actively working on the development and production of new network-connected home appliances.

Tech companies are betting on the IoT market, which is becoming more attractive as a potential source of revenues. Microsoft is no exception and keeps betting as well.

On Monday, the company publicly released Windows 10 IoT Core which was first announced in February, and then the world saw a preview of the software at Microsoft’s Build conference in May.

However, there have been important changes since then. So, there are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to keep devices connected to the web. Plus, the changes include better support for Python and Node.js and new APIs for the Universal Windows Platform that powers Windows 10 apps. Microsoft is including several code samples for IoT devices on Github.

Windows 10 IoT is a light version of the Windows 10 OS designed to run on Raspberry Pi 2 boards and Arduinos, the low-power computers used to build connected devices.

In a nutshell, the Windows 10 IoT Core operating system is about apps for embedded devices used through the Windows ecosystem. Microsoft says IoT Core is designed to have a low barrier for entry and make it easy to build professional devices, and works with a variety of open source languages, reads The Next Web.

IoT Core can run on devices regardless of whether they have a display. In addition, you won’t find neither Windowed interface nor desktop experience. However, developers will build an app functioning as the interface.

Fortune says that the launch of the software is Microsoft’s effort to offer a unified code base across all of types of computers for developers so they can build for everything from the relatively dumb edge devices like refrigerators all the way back to the Windows Server or Microsoft Azure cloud, where the data from that fridge is stored. It’s also a concession that the maker and hobbyist community is building relevant and unique products that Microsoft wants to be a part of from the get go.

Well, it’s clear that Microsoft is trying to make Windows 10 the operating system for all types of connected devices. If you’re among those users who want to try their hand at building IoT software, you’ll need a launch version Windows 10 Build 10240 and Visual Studio 2015 on your development device. IoT Core can be downloaded for free.

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Eugenia Romanenko

Eugenia graduated from Minsk State Linguistic University with a degree in Intercultural Communication, Translation/Interpretation (Italian, English). Currently she works as a business analyst, freelance interpreter and tutor. She’s fond of numismatics, photos, good books and sports, adores travelling and cooking.

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