Microsoft and electronic firm Adafruit Industries have teamed up to deliver a Windows IoT Core Starter Kit based on the popular Raspberry Pi 2 single board computer, making it easier for users to get started building projects.
Available to order from Adafruit's website, the Windows 10 IoT Core Starter Kit for Raspberry Pi 2 is available either with or without a Raspberry Pi included, but otherwise contains everything the end user needs to get started building a project based on the miniature device.
This includes an SD card pre-loaded with the Windows 10 IoT Core system image, power supply, WiFi module and Ethernet cable, plus a breadboard, jumper wires and components including LEDs, switches and various sensors.
Windows 10 IoT Core is an edition of Windows targeted at small, embedded devices like the Raspberry Pi 2, and is aimed at kick-starting an ecosystem for the Internet of Things (IoT). Although devices like the Raspberry Pi 2 are ARM-based and cannot run traditional Windows applications, they can run those developed for the new-style Universal App platform introduced for Windows 10.
"We're proud to announce that we are partnering with Adafruit to release a new Starter Kit designed to get you started quickly and easily on your path of learning either electronics or Windows 10 IoT Core and the Raspberry Pi 2," said Steve Teixeira, director of programme management for the Internet of Things team in Microsoft's Operating Systems Group, writing on the Building Apps for Windows blog.
Teixeira said that the software giant was also readying an upcoming Windows Insider release of Windows 10 IoT Core, which will feature changes introduced in response to user feedback as well as security improvements and expanded development choices.
These include support for hardware such as pulse-width modulation (PWM) and analogue-to-digital converters (ADC) via an integrated and extensible provider API, plus Secure Boot and Bitlocker encryption available in the IoT Core builds.
"By building this into IoT Core you can get these highly valuable security features without needing to build your own implementations, meaning you can get your project done faster and still be more secure," he said.
The Windows 10 IoT Core Starter Kit for Raspberry Pi 2 is priced at $114.95 (£75), but Adafruit already appeared to have sold out of its existing stock at the time of writing.
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