Microsoft pushes to dominate IoT development by adding support for Arduino

Frederick Fourie of Microsoft working on his robotics project for the Hackathon on July 16,2015. (Photography by Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures)

Tech giant Microsoft has always been a front row supporter of the Internet of Things (IoT) and all that is related to it. The company firmly believes that the enterprises’ ability to interconnect almost about everything and then collect the big data that those connected devices have created has the ability to become the next big thing in the field of information technology.

Taking this support forward, Microsoft has announced that from now onwards Windows 10 IoT Core platform will support Arduino, which is considered a favourite programming language of IoT developers all around the world.

Developers working for Windows 10 IoT Core already have direct access a number of programming languages, which includes Node.js, C#, C++, Visual Basic, JavaScript, and Python. From now onwards, they will also have direct access to one of the most popular platforms in the DIY maker community, Arduino Wiring.

With Arduino, developers who use Windows 10 IoT Core as their main platform will have access to more language options, and more devices and their controllers. According to experts, Microsoft is really looking forward to make Windows 10 IoT Core as the most preferred platform for as many developers as possible all around the world.

The Arduino Wiring community has successfully created libraries that interface with peripherals such as breakout boards, LED displays, sensors, and RFID readers. By making use of concepts such as wiring sketches, Arduino has climbed the popularity charts among the developer community mainly because of its simplicity. Developers who make use of Windows 10 IoT Core will now be able to create or port Arduino wiring sketches that will be capable of running on supported IoT Core devices, that includes Minnowboard MAX and Raspberry Pi.

While Microsoft has been little behind the curve when it comes to IoT, but by adding support for Arduino and other popular tools important to developers working in IoT, it really seems to be working hard to catch up with competition and become a market leader.


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