Monday, December 29, 2014

IoT: free Windows is like DOS

Microsoft’s IoT Developer Program Puts Windows on Little Boards | MAKE

"Since the Intel Galileo doesn’t support a display and has only 256 MB of RAM, it’s probably not surprising that you’re working with a stripped-down version of Windows on it as well. It’s clear that it’s an embedded version of Windows, but this one, like the version of Windows for small tablets, is free (as in beer).
So what does Windows look like without a user interface? It looks a lot like DOS, a throwback to the early days of PCs (though it’s not DOS; instead of COMMAND.COM, your command prompt is CMD.EXE).
...Microsoft has ported the Arduino/Wiring libraries to their Windows for the Internet of Things, so you’ll be using Visual C++ to write code against the Arduino API. It looks a lot like Arduino source..."

It would be much more effective to put node.js as a default tool with packages for integration with Windows and Azure... 

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