Microsoft is opening up Windows 10 to more hardware with the first non-preview public release of Windows 10 IoT Core that can be used by the $35 Raspberry Pi 2 and Intel's MinnowBoard Max boards. Microsoft launched a preview version of the "Internet of Things" version of Windows 10 in late April.
The first non-preview version of Windows 10 IoT Core contains a number of improvements compared to the preview version launched in April, including support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connections. Other new features and improvements include:
- Improved support for Python and Node.js, including a new Express Node.js project template
- GPIO performance on the Raspberry Pi 2 has improved by 8X to 10X
- Analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and pulse-width modulation (PWM) are now supported via breakout boards and ICs
- New Universal Windows Platform (UWP) APIs give apps easy control over system management features like time zone and network connections
Microsoft adds that this initial version of Windows 10 IoT Core still requires a PC running the 10240 build of Windows 10, along with Visual Studio 15. It adds:
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