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Microsoft updates Windows 10 IoT for Raspberry Pi 3

Steve Rogerson
March 10, 2016
Microsoft is supporting the Raspberry Pi 3 with a Windows 10 IoT Core insider preview update available for download.
Optimised for connected things and smaller devices with or without a display, Windows 10 IoT Core provides the power of Windows, including enterprise grade security and servicing, automatic updates through Windows Update when connected to the internet and the UWP universal Windows platform APIs that give apps easy control over system management features.
“Since we first announced Windows 10 support for Raspberry Pi last year, your feedback has been driving how we continue improving our platform enabling more and more Raspberry Pi capabilities on Windows 10 IoT Core,” said Billy Anders, director of programme management for Windows IoT, in a blog post. “We’ve made it easier to connect your Windows 10 IoT Core device to the internet by adding support for the official Raspberry Pi Wifi dongle and other common Wifi dongles.”
Anders said Microsoft had also brought full support for the TX and RX pins enabling easier access to the uart by simply calling the GetDeviceSelector (“UART0”) method on the SerialDevice class.
“In the new Insider Preview build, we are enabling support for the new Raspberry Pi 3 board and we’re working to bring you more features in the coming weeks,” he said.
With the popularity of the Raspberry Pi, many Windows customers have asked about commercialising with the platform. Microsoft is working with Element 14 to provide its customers with the option to choose Windows 10 IoT Core as part of their Raspberry Pi customisation service. This means OEMs will be able to build versions of the Raspberry Pi that meet their requirements, use the open source BSP that Microsoft has released and deploy with Windows 10 IoT Core.
He said the interoperability, coupled with the power of the Microsoft Azure IoT suite to drive meaningful action across devices, further extended the value that Microsoft delivered to its customers.
“The new Raspberry Pi 3 is faster, more powerful and the first out of the box IoT ready Raspberry Pi,” said Anders. “We’re thrilled to deliver the power of Windows 10 on the new board and your feedback continues to help us improve Windows 10 IoT Core.”