Last month at the Windows 10 event, Microsoft touched very briefly on Windows 10 for IoT and today we get a bit more detail. The Raspberry Pi Foundation have just announced the retail availability of their latest board, the Raspberry Pi 2. The Raspberry Pi 2 is now on sale for US$35 (the same price as the existing Model B+), and features some a massive upgrade in performance. The new Pi will contain a 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU ( around 6x performance), 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM (2x memory) and will run everything Raspberry Pi 1 does, complete compatibility.
The RASPBERRY PI 2 MODEL B also features:
- 4 USB ports
- 40 GPIO pins
- Full HDMI port
- Ethernet port
- Combined 3.5mm audio jack and composite video
- Camera interface (CSI)
- Display interface (DSI)
- Micro SD card slot
- VideoCore IV 3D graphics core
Because it has an ARMv7 processor, it can run the full range of ARM GNU/Linux distributions, including Snappy Ubuntu Core, but the massive news here is that it will also run Microsoft’s Windows 10. Microsoft are joining the Foundation and making Windows 10 free for the Maker community. Developers should get ready for yet another developer program from Microsoft, this one will be called the Windows Developer Program for IoT and be available later this year.
Microsoft may have missed mobile, but they’re not about to miss IoT, something many are tipping will be the next big industry of electronic gadgets that will revolutionize our connected lives. The Maker community is an amazing source of innovation for smart, connected devices and Microsoft absolutely wants to be part of that community. Giving away Windows 10 is a great start and if these smart devices developed on super cheap hardware can interact with any Windows 10 device, it’s an exciting time ahead. Microsoft’s say they’ll bring their development tools (read Visual Studio), services (read Azure), and ecosystem to the Raspberry Pi community for free through our Windows Developer Program for IoT. If these devices need to be online and talk to each other, sharing data to make us more informed and able to control appliances at a distance, Azure and machine learning could be a big opportunity for developers.
If you have a teenager with a birthday coming up, you could do a lot worse that consider a Raspberry Pi to get them into development on highly-capable, low-cost hardware to bring their vison to life.
More information at Building Windows