Microsoft has released a preview of its Windows 10 IoT Core for the new Raspberry Pi 3, and is talking with a manufacturer about preinstalling the OS on new devices.
The Raspberry Pi 3 might be powerful enough to run a full version of Windows, but until Raspberry Pi Foundation and Microsoft work out a deal to achieve that goal, Pi builders have a cut-back version of Windows, dubbed Windows IoT Core, to work with.
Microsoft on Monday released an updated preview that supports the latest version of the Pi board.
The $35 Raspberry Pi 3 board comes with a 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU with 1GB RAM and four USB ports, an HDMI port, and MicroSD slot. Microsoft is selling the device at its online store for $50, which includes a 16GB MicroSD card.
Microsoft says it's also in talks with Raspberry Pi manufacturer element14 about pre-loading Windows 10 IoT Core with Pi devices.
Element14 recently launched a service for OEMs that are looking to order at least 3,000 Pi devices, offering to alter some components to suit bespoke needs. It's through this service that Microsoft is aiming to make Windows available as a pre-installed option.
To support this goal, Microsoft has also released a related open-source board support package (BSP).
"OEMs will now be able to build versions of the Raspberry Pi that meet their unique requirements, use the open source BSP that Microsoft has released, and deploy with Windows 10 IoT Core," Microsoft said.
The Redmond firm hopes Pi builders will use Windows IoT Core with the Azure IoT Suite for analytics, storage, messaging, and maintenance.
It also added Windows IoT Core support for the Raspberry Pi NOOBS installer and plans on releasing more features in the coming weeks.
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