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Microsoft Prepares For The Internet Of Things - Windows 10 On Raspberry Pi

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Giulio Prisco


  • The Raspberry Pi 2, a $35 credit card sized computer, has been launched.
  • Microsoft announced a version of Windows 10 that will support the Raspberry Pi 2.
  • Windows might become the standard operating system for the Internet of Things.

Today the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced that the Raspberry Pi 2, the new version of their credit card sized computer, is on sale for $35. The new devices are backward compatible with the previous generation but more powerful, with a faster ARM Cortex-A7 processor and twice more on-board memory.

In October 2014, the Raspberry Pi Foundation reported that 3.8 million devices had been sold. Despite its small size and low cost, the Raspberry Pi is a full computer able to run GNU/Linux software for ARM processors, including Debian and Ubuntu Core, as well as Python and other development tools. The video controller features HD and Full HD resolution.

Today, in parallel with the launch of the new Raspberry Pi, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced a version of Windows 10 that will support the Raspberry Pi 2. Developers are invited to join the Windows Developer Program for IoT ("Internet of Things") and start developing for the Raspberry Pi.

Microsoft isn't usually thought of as a strong supporter of the open source software movement, but things are changing fast. The Microsoft announcement makes explicit references to the "makers" - the community of hackers and open source tinkerers who build great hardware and software for fun. Reporting the recent Microsoft investment in Cyanogen, an operating system for smartphones and tablets based on the open source version of Android released by Google (GOOG) (GOOGL), Wired notes that Microsoft now realizes it must embrace open source software to stay competitive.

Another reason Microsoft is interested in supporting small and inexpensive devices like the Raspberry Pi is the expected boom of the Internet of Things ("IoT") - a world full of permanently online, interconnected devices. Physical objects will carry embedded computers that will manage their functions, automatically connect to the Internet via WiFi, and execute queries and commands. In the IoT world, you will finally be able

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Comments (13)

"Microsoft now realizes it must embrace open source software to stay competitive."

Why? Because Open source has been such a huge threat on the desktop? Those Chromebooks are really killing it out there.

I think Microsoft needs to worry about supporting Open Source about as much as Apple needs to worry about it...which is to say, not at all.

"I think it's evident that the IoT will be huge. Many big players are making preparations, and this seems a step in the right direction by Microsoft."

This I do agree with!
techy46 profile picture
Microsoft should buy Red Hat and shake up the whole software universe!
triesnottobebroke profile picture
>Chromebooks are really killing it out there.

Chromebooks are open source?

"Chrome OS is built upon the open source project called Chromium OS[8] which, unlike Chrome OS, can be compiled from the downloaded source code."

Giulio Prisco profile picture
Think of last time you lost your keys, and imagine finding them with the Start button and Google (more likely Bing if Microsoft leads the IoT).

I think it's evident that the IoT will be huge. Many big players are making preparations, and this seems a step in the right direction by Microsoft.
Can only think that everyone will blow a big "Raspberry" at the idea of this going anywhere significant!
techy46 profile picture
Well for $75 you can have a full blown W10 app development setup. That just might be fun for people that do not want to blow $1300 on a Mac Air?
dezee profile picture
That's a Macbook Pro, I know because I wasted $1300 on one when I should of gotten an Acer which is 20X better.
scott trader profile picture
All you do is troll the aapl articles with negativity and then you buy a macbook pro, I just about believe you
dezee profile picture
Windows all the way, so many options at the moment. All you have to do is open the window to opportunity.
techy46 profile picture
Windows RT Dead? I do not think so. It may be dead on Windows tablets since people really want an X86 processor Inside but it's not dead on smaller devices like Lumia smart phones with Qualcomm ARM chips inside. Windows 10 will support both ARM and X86 cores and that's an excellent plus going forward.
dezee profile picture
I heard Surface 4/Pro 4 will be RT enabled but 14"-15" for the Surface Pro 4 using Core M chip. It's very battery friendly and at a much lower price to capture more share. Surface 4 will be much smaller in the 7"-9" range. I hope not much changes and they keep the type cover keyboard but s 8" device won't work for a keyboard.
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