Microsoft is Giving Away Intel Galileo Arduino Compatible Boards to Developers

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Microsoft has already launched several initiatives to reach the maker movement and app developers with .NET Gadgeteer supported by platform like Bambino 200, as well as Intel Shark Cove development board for Windows development. The company has now launched a website called windowsondevices.com where they currently have a signup page for developers to send a kit based on Intel Galileo, an Arduino compatible board powered by Intel Quark processor.

Intel_Galileo_Windows_EmbeddedThere’s currently very little information on the software and documentation part of the development kit, but there are links to Visual Studio Express, Windows Embedded’s Internet of Things page, and a link to Maker Faire, so it gives what the kit will be for.

Apparently they’ll send the kit to selected candidate whether “you are an experienced Windows developer looking to jump into the Internet of Things or you are new to Windows development and want to build the next big thing”.

The initial form is pretty simple. They’ll ask for minimal personal details, whether you have Windows programming experience or not, the programming languages you are familiar with (C, C++, JavaScript, C#, Python…), and if you’ve ever used a Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone Black, Spark IO or Arduino. You’ll then receive another email to fill your address, and some informations about your expected project. Click OK, and you’ll soon receive an email reading:

<insert_name_here> ,

Thank you for signing up for the Windows Developer Program for IoT. We’ll let you know when your kit has shipped.

Thank you,
Microsoft IoT Team.

So I’m not sure there’s even a thorough selection process…

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Arcko
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registered

sk
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Thanks for the headsup, I’ve registered too.
It pays to read your blog regularly. πŸ™‚

Jean-Louis Bourdon
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Jean-Louis Bourdon

It’s cheaper to give them away than to bury them in the desert like the ET Atari games

zoobab
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I have nearly finished the port for openwrt, but I think anything linux related is not interesting for Microsoft.

In any case, Intel boards are way too expensive compared to ARM/MIPS ones.

onebir
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Don’t they know free hardware is Communist?

Dmitry
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Dmitry

onebir, you are saying this as if it is something bad.

alfon
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@Dmitry
It certainly is for Microsoft.

Riaqn
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registered, but not received any email. Shall I wait for days?

iMat
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@Riaqn
Same, I tried 3 different email addresses, but never received any emails.

Stane1983
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Registered, received 2nd mail informing me that they will let me know when my kit is shipped πŸ™‚

And true, first time when I tried with my gmaill address, I didn’t get first mail either.

Gabe
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suda
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@cnxsoft
Gmail and iCloud didn’t work for me, but Outlook.com did.

Riaqn
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@cnxsoft
True, I tried your suggestions and received the 2nd mail saying that they will inform me when the chip is shipped.

PEre
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PEre

thanks for your valuable info ;=)

ds1992
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ds1992

Registered got the first email, how long did you have to wait for the second

Robert
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Robert

“Thank you for signing up for the Windows Developer Program for IoT. We’ll let you know when we have more to share.”

πŸ™ They are all gone for now… wonder how many they gave away…

Fullmetal
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Fullmetal

I got the email “we’ll let you know when your kit has shipped”

any ideas on how long that will be. its already been a week and a half.

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Leo
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I am afraid my wallet will be raped by the Brazilian Customs…

Rick
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Rick

It was a useless campaign, didn’t matter what “proper” non-free email I used there was no response. Perhaps it was an IQ test, those that used their junkmail outlook.com addresses succeeded but those that used real non microsoft fanboy addresses missed out!

Stane1983
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@Rick
Just wait and see…. domain is registered to Microsoft Corporation, so should be legit. If they do nothing with that, we can press charges against them for collecting personal information for commercial use πŸ™‚

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Well it looks like it shipped for me:

Congratulations Carlos Vargas!

We are pleased to share that your Windows Developer Program for IoT Kit has been shipped. Here are the details:

Ship Via: Fedex
Tracking:
Please visit WindowsOnDevices.com to get started and connect your kit.
We can’t wait to see what you’ll make!
The Microsoft IoT Team

menno
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@Carlos when did you order this board (time + date)?

Kenneth
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Hi All,

Anyone of you can get the board finally?

Thanks!

Rgds,
Kenneth

JotaMG
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JotaMG

Not me!! πŸ™‚

JotaMG
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JotaMG

And I thought I had a very interesting proposal of use !!

Nitin
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Nitin

I got a confirmation mail that the board has been shipped!!!

Kenneth
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Kenneth

Oh, I think I am not the lucky one then.

Nitin
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@Kenneth
Just wait for few days. One of my friend got confirmation mail almost a month back!!!

Kenneth
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Kenneth

Hi Nitin,

Hoping so….

Nitin
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Nitin

@Kenneth
I received the kit today. Along with the board, a usb to ethernet converter, a 16gb uSD card, a LED was also included!!!

Kenneth
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Kenneth

Nitin,

Congratulations, it’s great to hear that, you can start your prototyping….

PS. No news for me still πŸ™

Rgds,
Kenneth

Kenneth
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Kenneth

I am informed that all the boards are shipped, if we cannot get the tracking number, that means we would not get the board. πŸ™

Bad news~~~

Kenneth

Gabe
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@Kenneth
Got the same message as you.