Earlier this year, Microsoft released an ultra-compact version of Windows 8.1 designed for basic, low-power Internet of Things (IoT) devices, launching its first preview for Intel's Galileo boards. However, the company has now announced that it is terminating support for that WIndows version on Galileo - including the newer Gen2 board - at the end of the month.
In an announcement on its Dev Center site, Microsoft explained:
As we continue to focus on providing a great experience for Makers with Windows 10 IoT Core, we’ve made the difficult decision to discontinue Windows support on the Galileo platform. We’ve seen some fantastic innovation with the platform, but unfortunately, it does not meet the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10 IoT Core.
Microsoft is now recommending that users transition their existing Galileo projects to the Raspberry Pi 2, saying:
Wiring support is now available on Windows 10 IoT Core running on Raspberry Pi 2. This allows you to migrate your existing Galileo projects to Windows 10 IoT Core.
Support for Windows on Galileo and Galileo Gen2 will end on November 30.
Correction: An earlier version of this article erroneously stated that Microsoft was ending Windows 10 IoT support for the Galileo and Galileo Gen2 boards. In fact, it is terminating Windows 8.1 support for these boards on November 30.
A Microsoft spokesperson said: "Wiring support is now available on Windows 10 IoT Core and this helps you to migrate your existing Galileo projects to Windows 10 IoT Core. We continue to focus on providing a great experience for Makers with Windows 10 IoT Core and are excited to see what they create." We apologize unreservedly for any confusion caused by our error.