Microsoft Ignite starts today and runs until March 4. Once again this is a virtual event and registration will remain open during the duration of the event. You can register at https://register.ignite.microsoft.com/
As typical Microsoft provides a Book of News for the event. What is the Book of News? The Microsoft Ignite 2021 Book of News is your guide to the key news items that are announced at Ignite 2021.
Today I received my Starter Pack for Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2. I purchased it from Adafruit, which you can order from here.
“Windows 10 IoT Core is a new edition of Windows targeted towards small embedded devices and maker boards such as Raspberry Pi2. IoT core is designed to work with low-level bus interfaces such as I2C, SPI, USB. You can write a Universal Windows Application using a variety of programming languages in Visual Studio to rapidly create maker projects.
You can use Windows 10 IoT Core to read sensor data, control actuators, connect to the cloud, create IoT applications and much more. The Starter Pack from Adafruit includes parts to get you started.”
Let’s get started!
Raspberry Pi 2 Board (Included in some versions of the Adafruit Starter Kit)
Adafruit Raspberry Pi Case
8GB SD card with Windows IoT Core
5V 2A Power Supply with MicroUSB Cable
USB WiFi Module
Full Size Breadboard
Premium Male/Male Jumper Wires
Premium Female/Male Jumper Wires
MCP3008 – 8-Channel 10-Bit ADC
Adafruit BMP280 Temperature + Barometric Sensor
Adafruit TCS34725 Color Sensor
Plug in the HDMI and Ethernet cables and then plug in the power source. It was too late at night to setup the wifi, so I’ll leave that for another day.
It took about 5 minutes for the Raspberry Pi to boot up the first time.
Once it was booted up you see the following screen which allows you to interact with the device.
Now that you’ve connected your Raspberry Pi, you need to configure your PC and Raspberry Pi before your can start development.
Most operating systems, including Microsoft Windows versions, use the hosts file to translate computer names. Also known as “host names” to numerical IP addresses, the hosts file is similar to using a phone book to find the matching phone number of a specific person’s name.
There is now a new version of the Windows Phone desktop app for syncing your Windows Phone 8 content and includes a number of improvements.
Previously you had to visit the WindowsPhone.com site to see if there was an updated version. Now the Windows Phone desktop app has added a way to automatically check for an newer version of the application and notify you.
Other enhancements are expanded podcast support, simplified updates, flexible library selection and many bug fixes.
Microsoft will start selling the Surface Pro tablet in Japan on June 6 and it will be sold in 2 different versions as is the case elsewhere in the world, but with some noticeable differences. The storage will double to 128 GB and a 256 GB and it will include Office Home and Business 2013.
Let’s hope the rest of the world get’s these storage updates and that Office 2013 is included for free, similar to the Surface RT.
Congratulations Nokia on winning this prestigious award.
“When you take a look at the Nokia Lumia 920 it’s easy to see why it should be given the award. Not content to simply cram more processing power into an old design, the Nokia Lumia 920 brings innovation to the screen in the use of PureMotion HD+ to deliver the fastest screen refresh rates yet, while the super-sensitive technology means you can use the screen even when wearing gloves.
When it comes to innovation in camera tech, the Nokia Lumia 920 delivers Optical Image Stabilisation that is normally only found in high-end video cameras, while the use of PureView delivers stunning low-light images for an amazing experience.
Then there are the little touches, like bringing wireless charging and NFC to the mainstream, as well as the wealth of apps you’ll find from Nokia that support and expand the ecosystem.”
Finally Nokia has struck a deal with Dreamworks Animation. Dreamworks will use Nokia’s API to create rich, interactive entertainment experiences exclusively for Nokia devices. No details on what ‘interactive entertainment experiences’ are coming, but we should know more later this year and hopefully see them in the second half of 2013.