A few highlights from //build/ 2015:
- Netduino 3 Wi-Fi was announced this week. With built-in SSL and Azure support. And lots more.
- .NET Micro Framework 4.4 is adding support for (converging with) the new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) APIs for GPIO, I2C, PWM, SPI, ADC, etc. This leverages the best of NETMF with platform consistencies of the new-and-improved Win10 APIs.
- Microsoft held QuickStart labs where attendees could program both Netduino 3 Wi-Fis and WinIoT CPUs with the same UWP APIs. Using a SparkFun weather shield. And Azure!
- .NET Micro Framework is getting AllJoyn support--a critical new piece of code which will enable NETMF-based gadgets to connect to and integrate with the larger world of IoT devices.
- Windows 10 and NETMF are both part of the same simplified continuum, both important parts of the Windows Developer Program for IoT.
- NETMF apps are in many ways becoming "Windows apps for the devices at the big end of the IoT pyramid" which is a very exciting thing.
- Netduino 2/Plus 2 and Netduino Go will be getting the upgrade to .NET MF 4.4.
- Netduino 3 will be getting the upgrade to .NET MF 4.4. It was designed for the future of NETMF.
- GoBus 2.0 will be integrated with the new converged UWP APIs as well--for both Netduino 3 and Netduino Go.
- Netduino 3 Wi-Fi is shipping now, with the new Netduino.IP hybrid networking stack for TI CC3100.
- There are a few betas planned for NETMF 4.4. We anticipate rolling out networking bugfixes (including Netduino.IP) for Netduino gen2 and gen3 with beta 1, and then the converged UWP APIs and AllJoyn support in follow-up betas.
- Netduino 2 and Netduino 3 will be getting some other upgrades in parallel this year.
This is a really exciting year for Netduino, .NET Micro Framework and Microsoft-powered IoT. Lots more to come!
P.S. Colin Miller wrote a great blogpost about the NETMF activities at //build/ as well. Thanks Colin!