Windows Tries out for IoT with Windows 10

By Enrique Pavlioglou

When Windows announced its new operating system in May, few things were as surprising as its announced IoT integration with the Microsoft operating system, thus creating Windows 10 IoT Core. Windows will attempt to appeal to “Internet of Things” makers by teaming up with Arduino and Raspberry Pi. This will be the first step into releasing open source formats that connect to the Windows 10 devices (phones, tablets and computers).  

Microsoft seeks to make windows 10 "the world's first Arduino-certified operating system." Even though as of today Arduino doesn’t run off Windows 10 directly, it utilizes Remote Arduino and Virtual Shield. As for connecting the IoT core directly to Arduino, Microsoft said works are in progress and that they were “certainly looking into it”.

For those more interested into taking the Raspberry Pi approach, things seem to be made a little easier: Microsoft has partnered with Adafruit to release a starter kit. The starter kit includes everything a novice IoT developer would need to get started. The aim is to get as many people involved with IoT and to attempt to funnel developers into only using Microsoft’s IoT Core.  The kit is comprised of a full size board, sensors such as humidity, temperature, and color sensors, as well as 8 GB memory card to store your devices code and others. There are two sizes to the kits: one with a Raspberry Pi 2 and on with out, one runs for approximately $75 and the latter for $114. The prices are very reasonable, especially since Windows is also offering samples of free code.

Microsoft is hoping that these two approaches, Arduino and Raspberry Pi, will persuade coders and developers to ditch Linux. While the task at hand for Windows is great, if it can actually achieve its goal, then it may become part of the rise that IoT brings to the world.