Earlier this month, we released to customers around the world a new Windows Insider version of Windows 10 IoT Core that supports the brand new Intel® Joule™. We’ve been working hard on Windows 10 IoT Core, we’re proud of the quality and capability of IoT Core Insider releases and we’re humbled by the enthusiasm that you’ve shown in using it to build innovative devices and downright cool Maker projects.

We’ve spoken to thousands of you around the world at both commercial IoT events and Maker Faires and in many of these conversations, you have asked for better ways to get started – how to find the quickest path to device experimentation using Windows 10 and Azure. We’ve heard your feedback and today I’d like to talk about how this is manifesting in two new IoT starter kits from our partners: The Microsoft Internet of Things Pack for Raspberry Pi 3 by Adafruit, and the brand new Seeed Grove Starter Kit for IoT based on Raspberry Pi by Seeed Studio.

Back in September of 2015 we partnered with Adafruit to make a Raspberry Pi 2 based Windows 10 IoT Core Starter Kit available. This kit was designed to get you started quickly and easily on your path of learning both electronics and Windows 10 IoT Core and the Raspberry Pi 2. Adafruit had tremendous success with this kit, and we’re happy to announce that they are releasing a new version of it.

This new kit keeps its focus on helping you get started quickly and easily in the world of IoT, but includes an upgrade to the new Raspberry Pi 3.

The best thing about this update? The price is the same as before.

The newest kit available is from Seeed Studio, called the Grove Starter Kit for IoT based on Raspberry Pi, builds on the great design work that Seeed and their partner Dexter Industries have done around the Grove connector. It utilizes a common connector from the large array of available sensors to simplify the task of connecting to the device platform. This helps you focus on being creative and not worrying about soldering electrical connections.

The selection of compatible modular devices extends way beyond those that are included in the kit, making this applicable to starters, Makers and Maker Pros. The Seeed Kit can be ordered from the Microsoft Store, Seeed Studio or you can also acquire the kit from Digi-Key.

We’re excited about how these kits help enable everyone, from those with no experience to those who prototype for a living, to quickly get started making new devices with Windows 10 IoT Core, Azure IoT and the Raspberry Pi 3.

We can’t wait to see what you make!

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The Windows team would love to hear your feedback. Please keep the feedback coming using our Windows Developer UserVoice site. If you have a direct bug, please use the Windows Feedback tool built directly into Windows 10.

Source: New and updated Microsoft IoT Kits | Building Apps for Windows