Microsoft embraces the Internet of Things with release of Windows 10 IoT Core Insider Preview

Microsoft announced today that it is bolstering the "Internet of Things" (IoT) with the release of the Windows 10 IoT Core Insider Preview for developers and makers working with the Raspberry Pi 2 and Intel's Minnowboard Max.

While we've known for a while that Microsoft was working on bringing free versions of Windows 10 to the IoT space, this marks the first time developers will get a chance to test the operating system out with the Raspberry Pi 2 while providing feedback to Microsoft ahead of a full release this summer.

In addition, Microsoft has also announced a new partnership with Arduino to create a version of Windows 10 that can be employed in a wide range of devices. Microsoft details two key applications that are part of this first release:

  • Windows Virtual Shield for Arduino enables developers to tap into the incredible power of Windows 10 devices through wireless protocols. A Lumia 530 contains well over $200-worth of Arduino shield sensors and capabilities, and we've made it easy to access all of those sensors and capabilities from an Arduino as if they were standard hardware shields. Imagine being able to create an Arduino project that includes GPS, Web connectivity/parsing, touch display, speech technologies and more. We're particularly fond of the picture the weather project we've created that lets you bring your children's drawings to life.
  • With Windows Remote Arduino we're enabling developers to extend their Universal Windows Application with Arduino commands that execute on a wirelessly-connected Arduino device. It combines the power of Windows 10 device features such as image processing, speech recognition, website parsing, cameras and advanced audio pipelines with the power of physical world interactivity through Arduino.

This looks like a great start to Windows 10 for the IoT, and we're sure to see some interesting applications going forward. You can check out Microsoft's full blog post and how to get started with the Windows 10 IoT Core Insider Preview from the source link below.

Source: Microsoft

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • Just put W10 in the next MSB. And, get it in vehicles ASAP.
  • Internet of things,     hey you changed it
  • @anthonyng, yeah he has a habit of changing his comments and in process makes you sound like a crazed schizo :P.
  • Yeah, because I got my brain in order, and realized what I was asking.. Lol.
  • Maybe buy out here and leverage those partnerships to get Windows IOT into cars?
  • It would be easier to buy out pioneer or one of the other hardware manufacturers
  • Hummmm.. Maybe. But, I don't think those partners really give a flip about Here, as WC makes them appear to.
  • Que?
  • If Cortana is in cars by the time I drive, I'll be a happy dude
  • It's there in cars if you have windows phone and use Bluetooth, hey Cortana wakes it up , runs many commands smoothy, reads your texts etc...
  • I agree with the kid... I would like Cortana to open the car for me when I get close, ignite the engine, automatically adjust the settings (e.g., seat, rear mirrors, air conditionning) for me whenever I get into a rented car and in the futur control the car from the parking lot and drive it to my position and so on and so forth.
  • Its already in Cars! If you connect your Lumia phone with Bluetooth you can talk to your phone and that works really well. You cant say "airco off", that would be a "real" car-voice command but for the time being I am happy how it works now :-)
  • That'll be fun!
  • Does it have a user interface or command line interface
  • I think you can link up to the car dash app.
  • I'm looking forward to see what can I do with IOT core on my Raspberry Pi.
  • What is this? Why am I not understanding anything?
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  • Source link didn't work?
  • I need cars with windows 10 on it Mercedes BMW FORD........
  • Why is it so unneccesarily complicated? What's wrong with providing a .bin image that can be flashed on an SD using win32diskimager?
  • This is super exciting! I have always wanted to buy a Raspberry Pi. This might very well be the push for me. I already have a Leonardo. Let's see how that works out too.!
  • Which Arduino?