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Raspberry Pi 3 gets Windows 10 Anniversary Update

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Microsoft has started rolling out Windows 10 Anniversary Update for Raspberry Pi 3. The new update was originally announced for PCs in June.

Unlike the full version of Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the new Windows 10 version for Raspberry Pi 3 includes just some improvements and tweaks. It comes as an upgrade to Windows 10 IoT Core that was released by the Redmond giant back in August last year.

One of the major changes in the Windows 10 IoT Core Anniversary Update is its easier setup experience. In addition to giving you ease in installing Windows 10 on your Raspberry Pi 3, the update brings functional parity for Raspberry Pi 2. You can also install the update on development boards such as MinnowMax and DragonBoard 410c.

Microsoft has added support for NOOBS to enable 8GB memory cards as well as shell capabilities, Arduino INO and Windows Store integration. The update also has an improved Azure IoT hub connectivity and some new OS files to fix known bugs on the single-board computer.

Windows 10 is already running on over 350 million devices. However, the ratio of Windows 10 running Raspberry Pi boards is quite low.

Raspberry Pi creator Eben Upton in a recent conversation with Open Source For You highlighted the need for full Windows 10 experience. This would give developers access to full-fledged Windows instead of an IoT-centric version.