Microsoft has released Windows 10 IoT Core, an OS platform for the myriad devices emerging to comprise the Internet of Things. The platform is available for the MinnowBoard Max and Raspberry Pi 2 development boards.
Windows 10 IoT Core is designed to be compatible with a range of programming languages, from C++ to Python, and to be as accessible as possible to developers. It offers support for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, and it utilizes Universal Windows Platform (UWP) APIs. And it also offers pulse-width modulation (PWM) and analog-to-digital converter (ADC) support.
Microsoft’s efforts here are guided by an emphasis on promoting innovation and taking an open, transparent approach, with all of the company’s own IoT samples up on Github and full projects posted on the Hackster.io site. In a blog post on the Windows website, Steve Teixeira asks developers to report any rough edges while playing around, encouraging them to also “Have fun building amazing things…”