Windows 10 for IoT

Back in February, when we launched Raspberry Pi 2, the sharp-eyed among you will have noticed the folks at Microsoft making an announcement about bringing Windows 10 for IoT to the Raspberry Pi. We’re excited to share that it landed today – along with a ridiculously cool demo. The chap in the video is HoloLens designer Alex Kipman.

I’m guessing that this video will leave a lot of you wanting to get your hands on a version of Windows 10 for IoT (called Windows 10 IoT Core) that you can use with your own Pi 2. This is all in Insider Preview mode still, so it comes with all the usual stability warnings. Microsoft has made the instructions on how to download the Windows 10 IoT Core Insider Preview and install it on your Pi 2 in one nice, tidy HTML page here. (I know a couple of our forum mods did so overnight because I got excited messages about robots from them which I found when I woke up this morning). The page is on GitHub, so you can issue pull requests. And yes, you will also need to have a copy of Windows 10 on your PC. You can get that by signing up to the Windows 10 Insider Program.

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Steve Teixeira at Microsoft says:

We’re embracing the simple principle of helping Makers and device builders do more by bringing our world-class development tools, the power of the Universal Windows Platform, direct access to hardware capabilities, and the ability to remotely debug, update, and manage the software running on Raspberry Pi 2 devices. This Insider Preview release of Windows 10 IoT Core is our conversation-starter. Our goal is to give Makers the opportunity to play with the software bits early and to listen to the feedback on what’s working well and what we can do better. You may notice some missing drivers or rough edges; we look forward to receiving your feedback to help us prioritize our development work. We’ll be incorporating the feedback we receive into regular software updates along with additional drivers, bug fixes and new features. Those looking for a commercial-quality release should wait for general availability this summer.

Matt Richardson, who is at the Build conference (hanging out with that little robot: B2 is spending the next day living on the Raspberry Pi stand with Matt, and we fully expect Matt to have trained him to make tea by the time the conference is ready to wrap up), and who was able to have a bit of a play with the setup while we in the UK were all fast asleep, seems impressed.

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Matt’s new best friend

We’ll be watching to see what the community does with Windows 10 for IoT on the Pi with great interest.