The slimmed down version of Windows 10 for 'Internet of Things' devices is now available for download along with developer tools with support for various maker boards such as the Raspberry Pi 2 and MinnowBoard Max. The company is giving away this version of the OS for free in order to generate developer interest and increase adoption of Windows in the IoT space.
With the latest build of Windows 10 IoT Core, Microsoft has ironed out the issues from the pre-release version along with a few new features. The complete changelog can be found at Microsoft's Developer page. Some of the key features from the release include:
- Improved support for Python and Node.js, including a new Express Node.js 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
To help developers get started, Microsoft has posted various examples on its GitHub page and has linked to various videos demonstrating what others have been creating with the embedded OS. In order to develop using Windows 10 IoT Core, developers are required to have a PC running on the latest Windows 10 build and Visual Studio 2015.