Raspberry Pi 2, the world-famous credit card sized PC that runs Linux is no more. That’s because Raspberry Pi 2 is now a world-famous credit card sized PC that runs both Linux and Windows 10, if you should so choose. Hurrah.

In a blog post last night, Microsoft’s Steve Teixeira announced that it the firm has released Insider Preview builds of Windows 10 IoT Core for Raspberry Pi 2 and Intel’s Minnowboard Max. To download them, you’ll need to be in the Windows Insider Program already.

Those who are hoping to turn the quad-core RPi2 into a Windows PC capable of watching Netflix, however, will be disappointed – the IoT Core build has no desktop and is designed to be operated remotely from a Windows PC.

Here’s a video of it working.

Liz Upton of the Raspberry Pi Foundation says that the software is still pre-release and buggy, but that people are already working with the IoT Core build and updating the forums here.

While Windows 10 wouldn’t be my personal OS of choice for a Raspberry Pi 2-based project, it does open the platform up to a lot more developers who can make use of Microsoft’s frameworks to control an RPi2 from, say, a Windows phone or tablet. Which is why the other two announcements in Teixeira’s post were equally interesting.

Alongside the RPi2 and Minnowboard announcements, Teixeira also points readers at two open source programs released which let you use a Windows phone as an Arduino shield, and a Windows Remote Arduino tool that lets you control an Arduino natively from any Windows device.

Any South African’s playing with this already? Let us know below…

[Via – The Inquirer]
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