ZDNet with details on Microsoft’s plan to make Windows 10 available for free on the new Raspberry Pi 2:
One of the keys to making Windows 10 run on the Raspberry Pi platform is better hardware. The new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B has at its heart a quad-core ARMv7 processor that is said to be six times more powerful than the old Model B+ version… Microsoft has announced that it is developing a custom version of the Windows 10 operating system and that this will be released free of charge to the Maker community through the Windows Developer Program for IoT.
The key to Raspberry Pi’s success is the price tag, specifications, and size.
- A 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 BCM2836 CPU (up from a single-core 700Mhz part)
- 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM (up from 512MB)
- Complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1 (software will need to be recompiled to take advantage of the new multi-core processor)
- Identical form factor to the existing Raspberry Pi, which means it can fit into existing enclosures
- 10/100 Ethernet port
- 40-pin extended GPIO
- 4 x USB 2.0 ports
- 4 pole Stereo output and Composite video port
- Full size HDMI
- CSI camera port for connecting the Raspberry Pi camera
- DSI display port for connecting the Raspberry Pi touch screen display
- Micro SD slot
- Micro USB power source
Not bad for $35, but doesn’t that make Windows even more of a cheap OS for the masses with little differentiation from free?