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Microsoft is Giving Away Intel Galileo Arduino Compatible Boards to Developers

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…

  1. July 7th, 2014 at 12:12 | #1


  2. sk
    July 7th, 2014 at 12:38 | #2

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

  3. Jean-Louis Bourdon
    July 7th, 2014 at 17:47 | #3

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

  4. July 7th, 2014 at 18:26 | #4

    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.

  5. onebir
    July 7th, 2014 at 20:27 | #5

    Don’t they know free hardware is Communist?

  6. Dmitry
    July 7th, 2014 at 21:15 | #6

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

  7. alfon
    July 7th, 2014 at 22:05 | #7

    It certainly is for Microsoft.

  8. July 7th, 2014 at 22:55 | #8

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

  9. iMat
    July 8th, 2014 at 05:35 | #9

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

  10. July 8th, 2014 at 09:18 | #10

    I’ve read on some other websites, that gmail / hotmail / yahoo email addresses may not work.
    Another rumor I’ve read is that if a site brings too many entries, it may be blacklisted, so instead of clicking on the link, you may want to copy / paste it.

  11. July 8th, 2014 at 09:45 | #11

    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.

  12. Gabe
    July 8th, 2014 at 11:22 | #12
  13. suda
    July 8th, 2014 at 14:48 | #13

    Gmail and iCloud didn’t work for me, but Outlook.com did.

  14. July 8th, 2014 at 17:54 | #14

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

  15. PEre
    July 8th, 2014 at 19:18 | #15

    thanks for your valuable info ;=)

  16. ds1992
    July 8th, 2014 at 21:10 | #16

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

  17. Robert
    July 10th, 2014 at 21:43 | #17

    “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…

  18. Fullmetal
    July 10th, 2014 at 22:56 | #18

    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.

  19. July 17th, 2014 at 01:29 | #19

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

  20. Rick
    July 23rd, 2014 at 09:34 | #20

    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!

  21. July 23rd, 2014 at 10:02 | #21

    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™‚

  22. Carlos Vargas
    August 9th, 2014 at 07:42 | #22

    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
    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

  23. menno
    August 13th, 2014 at 18:29 | #23

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

  24. August 21st, 2014 at 11:17 | #24

    Instructions to install Windows on Galileo -> http://ms-iot.github.io/content/IBoughtAGalileo.htm

  25. Kenneth
    August 22nd, 2014 at 12:22 | #25

    Hi All,

    Anyone of you can get the board finally?



  26. JotaMG
    August 28th, 2014 at 21:37 | #26

    Not me!! πŸ™‚

  27. JotaMG
    August 28th, 2014 at 21:38 | #27

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

  28. Nitin
    August 29th, 2014 at 13:50 | #28

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

  29. Kenneth
    August 29th, 2014 at 14:39 | #29

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

  30. Nitin
    August 29th, 2014 at 20:28 | #30

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

  31. Kenneth
    August 30th, 2014 at 17:20 | #31

    Hi Nitin,

    Hoping so….

  32. Nitin
    September 1st, 2014 at 22:27 | #32

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

  33. Kenneth
    September 2nd, 2014 at 10:27 | #33


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

    PS. No news for me still πŸ™


  34. Kenneth
    September 5th, 2014 at 08:01 | #34

    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~~~


  35. Gabe
    September 5th, 2014 at 12:11 | #35

    Got the same message as you.

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