Microsoft and Arduino – New partnership


Arduino developers seems have lost their focus lately and make mistake after mistake!

Everybody knows that the success formula to Arduino was to keep it simple so the beginners to may use it without knowing in deep electronics and programming but simple reusing code made from Arduino team and community.

For many years AVR simple 8-bit processors serveed well Arduino, but later they were tempted to make the Mega (IMO not quite successful as expensive) then the misunderstanding named Yun which was sold for $60 while there are routers with same chip for $10. Then Intel bribed them to add totally different architecture just to ride the “Arduino” wave.

How much useful is all this diversification? Not much I would say if I count the projects which are using Arduino and simple 8-bit AVRs are still 99% of all projects. So who need all this new crap? It just confuses the beginners.

Then came the bad news for the Arduino trademark dispute which sent bad message to the community taking the dirty laundry to the pubic in the court.

Now we read for the latest news – Microsoft the symbol for closed source company bribed Arduino team for a partnership “Windows10 is the first Arduino certified OS”

WTF? How much did you guys got for this ‘certification’ and what message do you send to Open Source community with this?

Are you so desperate for $$$ after the split with Gianluca who manufacture and sells the ‘original’ Arduinos without paying licensee to the development team.

For many years Arduino was example for the most successful Open Source project ever. With this announcement we see that now everything changes and it’s simple matter of money.

15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. WOTLmade
    May 01, 2015 @ 12:21:27

    This is a horrible move that could ruin the whole idea!

    30.4.2015 – a sad day for open minded people.


  2. funlw65
    May 01, 2015 @ 14:21:51

    Is time for the to come into the light as it deserves. All the commercial supporters should contact Barragan …


  3. Michal Mühlpachr
    May 01, 2015 @ 15:18:19

    “Microsoft the symbol for closed source company” – have you noticed:
    AngularJS 2.0 – LiveScript


  4. Mr Foo
    May 01, 2015 @ 16:13:50

    Same damn crap over on the hypeberry pi side of the fence. Remember “Embrace, Extend, Extinguish”?


  5. letsallcomplainaboutnothing
    May 01, 2015 @ 17:47:52

    Holy sh!t are you going to complain and act a fool because my monitor that I display my arduino IDE on is not running on opensource fw? How about the keyboard wireless dongle? How about the os ?

    Linux users dont expect it to work and know how to set it up.
    Mac users are mac users.
    Windows is the option that makes sense to ‘partner’ with seeing as historically windows specifically made it more difficult to use this stuff with it. Now, after an amazingly bad idea by ftdi, Windows is ‘partnering’ with arduino (read: Finally does their job and includes a driver that should have been in for years and years. )

    And cue the complaining masses because arduino plugs in , and works, with windows now , screw them for selling out right ? NO!!!!!!! It is about time Microsoft, ty.


    • sergio
      May 02, 2015 @ 15:18:48

      Going by past experience, under the influence of M$, the Arduino will become a bloated monster. It will need a very fast CPU and gigs of RAM to turn a switch input into a LED output. But that’s ok because it will be extremely easy to program (once you’ve read a few million pages and know how to bypass the API).

      Seriously guys! Come on! I guess you don’t remember the licence fiasco where M$ tried to get Intel to pay a licence fee up front for every CPU they made that *could* run windoz.


      • letsallcomplainaboutnothing
        May 02, 2015 @ 15:33:31

        need to react to things that actually happen now. All this is is ms including a cdc class usb driver native. IE now arduino plugs in , and works. Thought I can understand the freaking out, because its ms, BG actually has the user in mind with this. PErhaps they shouldn’t have made it look like more than it was .

      • sergio
        May 02, 2015 @ 16:11:53

        “need to react to things that actually happen now”

        Just because a fox has never eaten my chickens doesn’t mean I shouldn’t keep them separate. History is very important.

      • letsallcomplainaboutnothing
        May 02, 2015 @ 18:12:26

        All microsoft did was give FTDI the finger for bricking tons of devices and somehow worked around the fact arduinos relied on an ftdi driver to function, which caused end users tons of difficulties with driver uninstalls and reinstalls. Where they went wrong, was using big words like ‘partnership’ to advertise that you no longer need to mess with drivers. People get confused, get out the pitchforks , This is a case where microsoft would have been better off using some technical jargon no one would understand like “Standardized USB 2.0 Compliant Communications device class driver support”
        But arduino likely has an interest in making people take notice that their products are no longer a hassle in windows as they have historically been.

      • sergio
        May 02, 2015 @ 18:37:56

        So are you telling me that FTDI tried to prevent counterfeit products from pretending to be real FTDI products and M$ suppressed FTDI’s security measures? Oh that’s ok then, as a developer I have no problem with M$ helping thieves rip me off.

      • letsallcomplainaboutnothing
        May 03, 2015 @ 14:04:51

        If the only way you can make a living is off the incompetence of another (which is what it is when windows is the only os that doesn’t include cdc class drivers) then you don’t deserve that income. And if you support what ftdi did , I can’t support you.

      • sergio
        May 03, 2015 @ 17:46:54

        So by that logic you despise doctors because they make a living treating patients that are incapable of treating themselves?

        Anyway, I think you’re getting a bit personal now which is a waste of time so I’ll withdraw from this thread and wish you “luck” with your crusade 🙂

  6. SK
    May 01, 2015 @ 19:25:00

    Hah, when are you going to start the OS certification program for OlinuXino 😀


  7. anonima
    May 04, 2015 @ 00:41:03



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