The Internet of things is one of the most talked about things today. The main idea behind the popularity of the idea is that in future all electronic appliances, printers, clocks, appliances, cleaning equipment, children’s toys, and shop tools will one day become connected with the internet. This will open doors to new avenues like e-commerce, advertising, and other business opportunities.
All these are things of the future as is the concept of IoT, top players in the IT field are already getting ready to get their share in the profits. These companies do not want to leave anything to chance and the very possibility of lacking this ability will prove disastrous in the long run.
The largest manufacturer of computers, Microsoft Corp had earlier this year unveiled a project which seeks to pare down the Windows to a form which is suitable to run on low power IoT hardware. It was dubbed as the Windows Developer Program for IoT and was available only for approved Windows developers who had to grow through a screening process. It is now shared with the initial operating system build with enrolled developers.
The first iteration of Windows for the IoT era is a greatly pared down version of the Windows 8.1 and has been created to work with Intel Corp.’s (INTC) Atom Quark system-on-a-chip (SoCs) circuits. The Windows version which works on the Quark offers a number of benefits for Microsoft. For one it’s an x86 architecture and secondly it is a 32-bits as compared to lighter-weight microcontroller chips that are sometimes 8-bit or 16-bit. The Windows 8.1 which runs on the IoT has been drastically changed and runs flawlessly on the 400 MHz Quark chip. An application protocol interfaces (APIs) has been added to enable developers to carry out purposeful interactions with the “proof of concept” Windows port.
It is a non commercial version of the Windows 8.1 which has its genesis from Microsoft’s Github bucket. It seems that the build is about 174 MB as compared to a typical Windows 8.1 installation which is a massive 3 GB. Windows 9600.16384.x86 Windows Blue RTM IoT build 140731-1000 Galileo v1 is 1/20th the size of a normal 8.1 upload and has a boot time of 2 minutes.