Microsoft has released the slimmed down free version of Windows 10 for ‘Internet of Things’. The Windows 10 IoT Core is now available for download along with developer tools with support for various maker boards such as the Raspberry Pi 2 and MinnowBoard Max.
Windows 10 IoT Core is a new edition for Windows targeted towards small, embedded devices that may or may not have screens. IoT core designed to have a low barrier to entry and make it easy to build professional grade devices. It’s designed to work with a variety of open source languages and works well with Visual Studio.
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 , including a new Express 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 notes 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. Checkout the Release Notes Here.
Windows 10 IoT Core is one of seven versions of Windows 10, alongside Home, Mobile, and Education, among others. The Windows 10 IoT Core is available for free, grab it from here!