by Jon Brodkin - Apr 30, 2015 3:54 pm UTC
Microsoft is teaming up with Arduino to bring Windows 10 to the company's microcontroller boards, with the first step being the release of two open source libraries that connect Arduinos to Windows 10 devices.
The news follows a prior announcement that a free version of Windows 10 for creating "Internet of Things" applications is coming to Raspberry Pi. Microsoft yesterday released a preview of what it calls Windows 10 IoT Core for the Raspberry Pi 2. Once a device is running Windows 10 IoT Core, it can be remotely configured and managed using Windows PowerShell.
Microsoft and Arduino said that Windows 10 will be "the world's first Arduino-certified operating system." Arduino isn't running Windows 10 directly, though; as of now, Arduino boards have gained the ability to access Windows 10 devices through Windows Remote Arduino and Windows Virtual Shield for Arduino, the two open source libraries. Here's what Microsoft said yesterday:
As for whether Microsoft will bring Windows 10 IoT Core directly to Arduino, Microsoft executive Steve Teixeira told us, "There are some CPU-powered Arduino boards that are technically capable of running Windows. We are certainly looking into it."
Arduino blogged about the partnership as well, calling it "a special day for the Makers' community."
Windows downloads for Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and other devices such as the MinnowBoard Max and Intel Galileo are available here. Microsoft also has a page featuring projects combining Windows capabilities with those devices.EnlargeMicrosoft
Microsoft said the preview of Windows 10 IoT Core for Raspberry Pi 2 has some "missing drivers [and] rough edges" in this early iteration, but it promised to incorporate developer feedback 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."
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