New Windows 10 IoT Core insider build

New Windows 10 IoT Core insider build

Today Microsoft released a new build for Windows 10 IoT Core. Great new feature is that Cortana is enabled! Here the full list with new functionality / fixes:

New this build:

  • Cortana feature has been enabled.
  • The Dragonboard BSP in the provided FFU has been updated to the new build.
  • The Windows Device Portal (WDP/Web Management) has been extended to add a quick run portal for IoT Samples.
  • A fix was made to the Class Extensions for Hardware Notification (hwnclx) and USB Function (usbfnclx) packages so that they would be included in the default IoT Core images.
  • Changes were made to IoTShell to enable waiting for PPKG provisioned package installation to complete.
  • Updates were made to the GPIO Interrupt Buffer API.
  • Changes were made to Applyupdate.exe to add the blockrebooton/blockrebootoff flags.
  • A fix was made to the power state API to ensure the wakeup timer is cancelled upon exiting from connected standby.
  • Universal Write Filter (UWF) has been added as an option to the Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (ICD).
  • The BluetoothLE stack has been updated to address the issues seen when calling GattDeviceService.GetCharacteristics.
  • Issues with NanoRDP connecting have been addressed.

Known Issues:

  • The package version for some inbox applications may not match the installed version.
  • Store applications are not being serviced when in use or set as the default application.
  • NanoRDP does not render correctly on some platforms.
  • When multiple audio devices are present on the board audio routing changes may not persist across boots.
  • The MinnowBoard Max firmware 0.93 has a known issue which can lead to network connectivity failure.


How to use the Particle Photon with the Microsoft Azure IoT Hub

How to use the Particle Photon with the Microsoft Azure IoT Hub

I use the Particle Photon devices a lot in prototype project. It’s a small WiFi board (like the ESP 8X series).


I used several libraries on the particle cloud to use the Azure IoT hub. These libraries were build based on the Azure IoT SDK. But since several weeks Particle released an Azure IoT Connector on the Particle cloud. It’s still a beta function. But as a user you can send the data from the Particle Photon to the Particle Cloud. When the data has a specific name, the Particle Cloud will sent this data to the Azure IoT Hub.

Take the following steps to get this working.

1. Login to the Particle Cloud

2. Click on the integration button (the latest button) and select ‘New Integration’


3. Select the Azure IoT Hub


4. Configure the settings of your hub


5. Save and continu and the Particle Cloud is connected to the Microsoft Azure IoT Hub. Now you can create your code on the Particle Photon to sent data to the Azure IoT Hub.

Below the example you can add in your Particle Photon device.

void loop() {
  // Get some data
  String data = String(10);
  // Trigger the integration
  Particle.publish("datafield", data, PRIVATE);
  // Wait 60 seconds

Run the code and the messages will flow from the Particle Cloud:


and then to the Microsoft Azure IoT Hub! How simple is this!

Smartdata flow with IoT Hub, Stream Analytics, Power BI data alerts and Microsoft Flow

Smartdata flow with IoT Hub, Stream Analytics, Power BI data alerts and Microsoft Flow

Several weeks a go a new function was released in Power BI, called Data Alerts. With Data Alerts you can create alerts on data in your Power BI Report. That data can off course flow from the Microsoft IoT Hub with Stream Analytics.  I will give you an example of a scenario. In the following report I count the amount of messages we receive from the Microsoft IoT Hub at a client. If the amount will exceed more than the threshold of 2300 I will need to receive an e-mail. And there comes Microsoft Flow.schermafbeelding-2016-12-07-om-11-40-38









If you click on the three points on the top right of the card in Power BI, you now will get some options:


Now you see a alert button in the middle. When you click on the alert button you will get a new screen:


In this screen you can manage the new alert. I have set a threshold above 2300 to get an alert. Hit ‘Save and Close’ and the alert is saved.

Now begins the cool stuff, Microsoft Flow added support for Power BI Alerts since three weeks. When you navigate to Microsoft Flow you can create a new Flow and search for Power BI:


Click on Power BI – When a data driven alerts is triggered and you see your alerts and the alert we just made:


Then you can create an action when the threshold is above the number 2300. And there comes the power of Flow.  In this example I will receive an e-mail, but off course you can also update Microsoft CRM or other (MS) services in Microsoft Flow. See here or a complet list.


Hit the save button and wait for the mail 🙂 Below the mail I received when the threshold was above 2300:


I really like this new functionality. Now you can easy create (data)flows with IoT solutions without the need of any programming!