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A Raspberry Pi running a full workstation through Parallels' newly announced Remote Application Server technology.
A Raspberry Pi running a Windows workstation through Parallels’ newly announced Remote Desktop Protocol technology.

Microsoft has released a preview version of Windows 10 for Raspberry Pi and other small computing devices used by the Maker community to power their projects.

The Windows 10 IoT Core Insider Preview was made available for download on Wednesday as part of a flurry of activity at the company’s Build Conference in San Francisco. It’s part of a broader effort by Microsoft to make its next operating system work across a wider range of devices.

Microsoft also announced a partnership with Arduino to make Windows 10 the first Arduino-certified operating system.

Meanwhile, Renton, Wash.-based Parallels overnight announced the release of the first Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) client for Raspberry Pi, allowing companies to turn the device into a workstation that runs Windows virtual applications.

It’s an extension of the Parallels 2X Remote Application Server, part of the recent acquisition of 2X Software by Parallels. Parallels is best known for virtualization software that allows Windows to run on Macs.

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