Microsoft is today announcing that it is seizing its Windows 10 IoT Core support for Intel’s low cost Galileo boards, starting from November 30.
Intel’s Galileo boards are Arduino-compatible low cost boards powered by Intel Quark SoC X1000 chips. While Microsoft was considering to extend Windows 10 IoT Core support to a lighter version of Galileo, this move appears as surprising as it could be.
In an update, a Microsoft spokesperson said that while there had been some fantastic innovation with the platform Galileo did not meet the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10 IoT Core.
Windows 10 IoT Core is available for free and is one of the seven flavours of Windows 10. It will still run on the Raspberry Pi 2, the Intel Atom-based MinnowBoard Max, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon-based DragonBoard 410c.
Microsoft is recommending that developers move projects to the popular Raspberry Pi 2 developer board, which also supports the slimmed-down version of Windows.
The transition from Galileo to Raspberry Pi 2 should be easy and inexpensive. An entry-level Pi 2 board sells for $35, and Microsoft has added support for a wide range of components and peripherals such as screens and webcams. Apparently, wiring support is now available on Windows 10 IoT Core running on Raspberry Pi 2.