Windows 10: Some Users Still Waiting, Plus IoT Core For Raspberry Pi And MinnowBoard Max

Some Windows users are still waiting to receive their Windows 10 updates, others, such as Sony Vaio users, have been advised to hold-off upgrading due to driver glitches. Sony reports that Vaio users can expect to receive updated drivers between August and November.

Most other users may upgrade to Windows 10 at any time. The Inquisitr previously reported on how Windows 7 and 8.1 users may download the free operating system upgrade using the Microsoft Media Creation Tool. Make sure to backup important files and set aside several hours when installing Windows 10.

On August 10, Microsoft released its new Windows 10 IoT Core for Raspberry Pi and MinnowBoard Max. The Windows 10 IoT Core allows developers to design applications for a variety of uses, ranging from monitoring weather stations to robots, drones and air hockey. Microsoft is encouraging developers to create innovative device designs.

There is an seemingly endless array of possible applications: the Windows 10 IoT Core provides a wide-open field for newcomers to design a possible next-big-thing type of device or software.

The Windows 10 IoT core puts the ability to program custom-designed devices in the hands of everyone. It is no longer necessary to be an expert in electronics to make changes or design custom systems. Microsoft says of the Windows 10 IoT Core.

“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 Windows 10 IoT core purports to provide a whole suite of developers tools, devices can be remotely operated using Wi-Fi and wired connections. Users may interact with their Windows 10 IoT core in a number of ways, as many do not have screens. A web-based interface allows users to monitor devices that are connected, data related to their operation and performance and to manage devices running the Windows 10 IoT core.

There are active communities where those new to the Windows 10 IoT core may go to for inspiration and advice. Raspberry Pi has blogs and tutorials available for new Windows 10 users and MinnowBoard maintains a Wiki, e-mail list, and IRC chat.

Here is a weather station being created with the Windows 10 IoT Core and Raspberry Pi by Windows On Devices.

The Windows 10 IoT core may be downloaded for free from Microsoft. Users need to be running Windows 10 with Visual Studio and tools, as well as be in possession of an appropriate Raspberry Pi, MinnowBoard Max, or other compatible Windows 10 device.

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