The Raspberry Pi project is an incredible undertaking that brings ARM v6 processing to everyone for an amazing low price. For less than $50, you got the ability to make a PC running Linux that worked very well and could be added onto with different controllers to do some amazing things. The "problem" with this original project was that many people didn't think it was a real PC as it couldn't run Windows. This is changing with the Raspberry Pi 2 and ARM v7 support that will in fact run Windows. Microsoft is sweetening the open-source community by giving away many Windows 10 SKUs that will work on this board. Awesome stuff all around!
“Microsoft has a really good clue about cloud integration. There’s a great story about Azure, and about data integration between IoT devices and Azure,” enthuses Upton. “I think they’ve got a pretty compelling security story as well. As a child of the 1990s it feels funny to talk about this as being a security play, but there was that moment where Microsoft woke up and really started taking it seriously, examining the code base for security vulnerabilities. Their feeling is that they have the most secure operating system to build IoT applications. I don’t think that’s necessarily wrong.