So, I’ve been playing around with Windows 10 Pro on my laptop, desktop, tablet, and work laptop for the past few weeks, and it’s been a smooth ride (sans the touchpad issue on the work laptop; no biggie, I just use a mouse for that). There was talk earlier about a version of Windows 10 that would be compatible for use on the Raspberry Pi microcomputer, and now we finally have that version available to play around with.
Windows 10 IoT Core, a version of Windows for embedded devices, is now available from Microsoft and appears to be an interesting alternative to Raspbian and other Linux-based portable OSes that are currently popular on the Pi. It’s basically Windows 10 without the GUI, and allows you to program various projects ranging from robotic air hockey tables (because WHY THE HECK NOT?!?!) and weather stations. The IoT platform supports C++, C#, JS and VB as well as Python and node.js.
There’s some sample code to check out on GitHub, and you can download the OS here. This is a very wise decision from Microsoft, because by getting their product in front of the eyes of Raspberry Pi developers they are creating familiarity with the OS, thus breeding adoption of the software. In layman’s terms, Windows 10 IoT is a gateway drug full of 1’s and 0’s to the adoption of Windows 10…