Microsoft’s Windows 10 IoT Core is the company’s attempt to get a piece of the embedded software pie. To that end, it has teamed up with Adafruit to provide potential developers and creators with a Raspberry Pi 2 starter kit that provides the buyer with everything he or she needs to get started building with the Windows 10 IoT Core OS.
The Microsoft Internet of Things Pack for Raspberry Pi 2 ships with a Raspberry Pi 2, a microSD card preloaded with Windows 10 IoT Core, electronic components, and an array of sensors. The selling price of US$114.95 (about RM500) includes temperature and RGB colour sensors, along with an 8 channel 10-bit ADC with SPI interface and a Raspberry Pi WiFi module. Throw in the additional cables to make everything work and it looks like an excellent deal.
As expected, the deal is good enough that Adafruit’s online store is already listing the starter kit as sold out. The same goes for the cheaper version of the starter kit that does not include a Raspberry Pi 2. There is no telling when the starter kits will be available again, but it looks like Microsoft and Adafruit underestimated the number of people who want to give Windows 10 IoT Core a go (or the number of people who want a really cost effective Raspberry Pi 2 hardware bundle).
[Source: Windows Blog]