Sign Up For Microsoft’s Windows On Devices IoT Developer Program To Get A Free Intel Galileo Board

One of the cool things that Microsoft announced at BUILD is that they are joining the Internet of Things trend. Windows on Devices was announced which will enable developers to write apps for all kind of electronic items. Developers can build a smart coffee mug, talking bear, robots, etc, based on this platform. Intel’s Galileo platform will act as developmental hardware. Now, Microsoft is giving away Intel Galileo board to developers who sign up for the program.

What will you create?

Development hardware like the Intel Galileo board allows you to read temperature sensors, power robot servos, check for intruders, blink a bunch of LED lights, or even make a little music. 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—we’re excited to see what you can do.

Early and often

Our first SDK release in the spring of 2014 will give you a chance to look at our new software, including an incomplete prerelease of our software and API surface. We’ll provide samples and documentation and we’ll show you how to create your own fun projects such as the life-size piano we demonstrated at Build 2014. And we’ll continue to release software updates throughout 2014 including a more complete API surface and integrated cloud services.

Connections are everything

Your Windows device can connect to the cloud to enable interesting new scenarios. Use Azure data services, build a new mashup, analyze your data, connect your devices together, or update your devices remotely. Once your device is in the cloud, the sky’s the limit.

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  • Sebbs

    Signed up back when the Windows On Devices site first went live (during or just after //BUILD). Just waiting for it to arrive now 😀

    • manuelsmart

      did they say they shipped it out yet? or are you still waiting for them to send it out?

      • Sebbs

        Haven’t received a shipping confirmation yet, just a “Thanks for signing up. We’ll let you know when your kit has shipped” email, but hopefully it’s not too far off

        • Smee

          Any shipment confirmation yet?

          • Sebbs

            I wish. I don’t expect it to ship for another week or two

  • neva

    Do we actually need to build something with the board? I mean, do we need to say “Hey Microsoft! I want a board to do [insert project name/description]. It will be done by [insert some date]!” and do it?
    I’m interested in this “Internet of Things”. My friends like to play with Arduinos and Raspberry Pi’s and I was thinking about learning about it and build something with it. This Galileo Board looks perfect since it’s made by Intel (the others are all ARM based) and runs Windows.
    The problem is I don’t know when I will have time for this. I’ve some projects for this summer and I’m not sure when I will finish them. I can’t specify a project since my first main project is learn and I don’t have a date for finishing whatever my final project will be. But a free board would be useful when I get time to finally start.
    BTW, I live in Europe. Is this US only or I can apply?

    • koolman10

      No, it is not U.S. only. It is worldwide. I suggest sign up for it and give a go, man.

      • neva


  • Michael Fernandez

    Does Pradeep or anyone else here know if there is a smilar program for the Intel Edison board ( ) thats what im more intrested in… As of now Edison does not support Windows .. Is there any plan of that soon?

    • Pradeep V

      No idea about it.. Sorry..

  • Biiiiiimii

    When can we expect shipment?

  • Krzysztof Smaga

    My friend has got board, but I am still waiting… how long will it take? :(

  • Amit

    I just signed up for the Microsoft IOT program. Have not recieved any mail confirming my registration atleast. Can I please know if the program is still on? Will I get a development kit ?

  • jezra

    Did these ever get sent to the developers?

  • Paul Winstone

    Still waiting for mine at least 5 months after singing up.