Short Bytes: On its online Microsoft Store, Redmond is selling the brand new Raspberry Pi 3 with NOOBS. It’s very pleasing to see that Microsoft is embracing the open source philosophy and supporting Linux. NOOBS is an easy operating system installer which contains Raspbian, the Raspberry Pi’s official operating system based on Debian Jessie.
Following the announcement, Microsoft has updated the support for the board via a new Windows 10 IoT Core Insider Preview update that’s now available for download. But, it’s interesting to note that Microsoft is selling Raspberry Pi 3 with NOOBS on its online store, which is basically a computer running a Linux distro.
This powerful and affordable Raspberry Pi board comes with a 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor, 1GB RAM, 4 USB ports, an HDMI port, and MicroSD slot. The company is selling the board for $50 with a 16GB 10class MicroSD card preloaded with NOOBS. With this deal, you get free shipping and free returns.
I wonder why Microsoft is shipping the Pi with NOOBS onboard and ditching its own Windows 10 IoT Core. For those who don’t know, NOOBS an easy operating system installer which contains Raspbian, the Raspberry Pi’s official operating system based on Debian Jessie. While NOOBS can be used to download a variety of operating systems, onboard Raspbian should make Linux lovers happier.
Go ahead and grab your Raspberry Pi 3 from Microsoft Store!