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Microsoft releases Windows 10 IoT Core, with Raspberry Pi 2 support

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Microsoft's mission to ensure Windows 10 powers as wide an array of devices as possible continued on Monday with the release of the Windows 10 IoT Core.

The public release offers support for micro computers like the the new Raspberry Pi 2 and the Minnowboard Max.

Users can download the lightweight version of the operating system from the Windows IoT Dev Centre, choose their board and then get started.

In a post on the Windows blog Steve Teixeira said the software was just at home on machines with or without displays and has been designed for users to make ‘professional grade’ devices.

"Windows 10 IoT Core is a new edition for Windows targeted towards small, embedded devices that may or may not have screens.

"For devices with screens, 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."

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Windows 10 IoT core is one of seven versions of the new operating system.

The company says it has already been used to build items like a robot air hockey table, a host of robots, a weather station and home automation solutions.

To get started with Windows 10 IoT Core, users will also need the previously released preview build (10240) and Visual Studio 2015.

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