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Microsoft Rolls Out IoT Developer Portal

Next up: Developer kits to roll out to early registrants, along with open source code for building Internet of Things-connected apps and devices.

Windows installations might be waning on the desktop, but Microsoft still has quite a few horses in the OS race when considering other form factors, such as what will run devices connecting to the Internet of Things. With that, Microsoft is taking some small steps to get developers ready for creating IoT solutions with the debut of its Windows Developer for IoT Portal, as well as developer kits and open source code.

The portal is the next step in a program Microsoft announced at its Build 2014 conference back in April. The portal has quite a few resources and elements to explore, but as Steve Teixera, Microsoft's director of program management for the Internet of Things within the company's OS Group, said in a blog post, the portal is in preview mode "to gather feedback." There, developers can find links to some proof of concepts, a community, and information for setting up an IoT lab.

Microsoft's next step will be do deliver developer kits to developers who were able to apply to the program when registration began. (Registration is currently closed to new applicants.) The kits will consist of an Intel Galileo board and a Windows image that supports the Arduino Wiring API and a smaller set of the Win32 API. The Galileo board is a system-on-a-chip microcontroller board based on the Intel Quark SoC X1000 Application Processor, and it's built to support Arduino boards and shields via the Arduino Wiring API and a subset of the Win32 API.

The Windows image that's included is a preview version only, and as explained in a FAQ, it's the version that was demonstrated working with a Galileo board during a keynote presentation at Build 2014. Teixera said the code will be open sourced at GitHub and can be found in this blog.

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