Building on a week of incredible momentum, Microsoft just announced a new version of Windows for small footprint devices within the Internet of Things (IoT) will be available – for free – when Windows 10 launches this summer.

“Windows 10 will offer versions of Windows for a diverse set of IoT devices, ranging from powerful devices like ATMs and ultrasound machines, to resource constrained devices like gateways,” writes Microsoft’s executive vice president of operating systems Terry Myerson.

The announcement was made in Shenzhen, China, where developers from all over the world are gathered for the Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) summit. Kevin Dallas, Microsoft’s general manager of operating systems, IoT, elaborated today, sharing details about how Microsoft is innovating on Windows to power even the smallest devices within IoT: “To address emerging IoT device categories, we are delivering a new version of Windows 10 for small devices that will be free for Makers and commercial device builders and device services to unlock new scenarios,” writes Dallas on Blogging Windows. “Additionally, through partnerships with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Intel, and Qualcomm we will provide a range of developer boards Makers and device builders can use to bring Windows 10 devices to life.”

This is the latest in a series of recent announcements that underscore Microsoft’s major investment in IoT—from creating powerful new Azure cloud services, to innovating on Windows, we’re releasing new products and programs that help companies reap real value from IoT. Earlier this week, we announced Azure IoT Suite, an integrated offering that takes advantage of all the relevant Azure capabilities, simplified billing and easy provisioning to help businesses connect, manage and analyze all of their “things.”

Available in preview later this year, Azure IoT Suite is aimed at simplifying the complexities that often exist with implementing and costing IoT solutions; it’s one more powerful way we’re making IoT accessible and practical for businesses of all sizes – an effort we’re backing up with a pair of programs that lower barriers and dramatically shorten the time needed to realize value from IoT: Quick Start and the IoT Leadership Program.

As Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president of Cloud and Enterprise Marketing at Microsoft, wrote earlier this week, “Microsoft’s vision is to help companies thrive in this era of IoT, delivering open, scalable platforms and services that any company, whether startup or the most established global enterprises, can use to create new value, right now.” From the public sector, to the petroleum industry and across a range of others, our customers are well on their way.