Recently at Build 2015, Microsoft talked about Windows 10 on Embedded Devices, which includes the Raspberry Pi and several other devices. We’ve long known about plans to allow for Raspberry Pi support with Windows 10, but Microsoft had not made it possible until now.
Folks who want to give Windows 10 for embedded devices can do so right now with the Windows 10 IoT Core Insider Preview. Like the Windows 10 Insider Preview, it is a free download that is intended for testing purposes, so it should never be used on everyday use hardware.
Windows 10 for Raspberry Pi 2
According to Microsoft, the IoT Core Insider Preview is designed solely for a few embedded devices, which includes the Raspberry 2.
It makes perfect sense to support Raspberry Pi out of the gate since it is the most popular among enthusiast. However, the support for other hardware makes it clear that Microsoft is not only interested in backing the popular guy in the room, but everyone else in the open-source community.
How to get started?
First the user must create a connect account by visiting Github, and then after that, one must also go forth and create a Windows 10 Insider account if it is not yet in place. A Windows 10 Insider account is easy to create, just visit Windows Insider website.
Strangely enough, Microsoft requires each user to take a survey before being taken to the download page. We’re not sure how much this study will help, but we are certain some folks are going to be annoyed.
From what we have come to understand, Windows 10 IoT Core Insider Preview, will support the Raspberry Pi 2, Arduino, MinnowBoard Max, and The Galileo.
As the years go by, we are slowly seeing the rise of the Internet of Things. Microsoft and several others have been talking about it for years, but nothing much has come of it. We hope for real change in the future because with broadband connection in almost every section of the world, the time is now right.