Microsoft has today announced the public release of Windows 10 IoT Core for the Raspberry Pi 2 and the MinnowBoard Max and have made the files available to download from the Windows IoT Dev Center.
Microsoft announced the impending release of the new Windows 10 IoT Core earlier this year, that has been designed for the new new edition for Windows and has been created for small, embedded devices such as the Pi and can be used with or without screens.
Features of the latest 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
Microsoft explains more :
For devices with screens, Windows 10 IoT Core does not have a Windows shell experience; instead you can write a Universal Windows app that is the interface and “personality” for your device. IoT core designed to have a low barrier to entry and make it easy to build professional grade devices. It’s designed to work with a variety of open source languages and works well with Visual Studio.
The developer experience has been a high priority for our team as we’ve built Windows 10 IoT Core, and we hope this shows when constructing apps for this platform. Our philosophy is that we want to make it easy for developers to use the languages and frameworks they prefer to build IoT device apps. This means full support for the standard UWP languages like C++, C#, JS and VB, but it also means bringing support – including full tools, debugging, and project systems – for Node.js and Python. The project templates for the standard UWP languages create projects that look like standard UWP projects, but for Node.js and Python we’ve worked hard to make these apps look and feel just like they do on other platforms. The code below shows a complete Node.js UWP app that reads from an I2C sensor and serves up a web page with the data
For more information on the new Windows 10 IoT Core jump over to the Microsoft website for details.