Microsoft and Azul Systems Partner to Bring Zulu Embedded to Windows IoT

Free OpenJDK-based offering enables open source Java for applications and devices targeting the IoT

 News Highlights:

  • New Zulu Embedded release provides a certified OpenJDK-based Java development and runtime environment for Windows 10 IoT Core
  • Freely available open source offering is compliant with the Java 8 SE specification, and includes I/O libraries to meet the needs of IoT devices

Earlier today at JavaOne, we announced a partnership with Microsoft to provide Java developers open source development tools, device I/O libraries, and a Java runtime targeting Internet of Things (IoT) applications on Windows 10. Zulu Embedded for Windows 10 IoT is a Java Development Kit (JDK), Java Virtual Machine (JVM), and a set of device I/O libraries based on OpenJDK that is compliant with the Java 8 SE specification and has been certified by Azul for use with Windows 10 IoT Core. Zulu Embedded for Windows 10 IoT is free to download and use and may be distributed without restriction.

Azul and Microsoft’s IoT team are partnering to ensure Zulu Embedded meets the ongoing Java development and runtime requirements for Microsoft’s IoT initiatives, including continued updates to ensure compatibility with the latest Java updates and security patches as well as support for additional IoT device connectivity, control, and communication. With this partnership, the global community of Java developers using Windows 10 IoT core will be assured of a high-quality foundation for their Java implementations leveraging the latest advances in OpenJDK.

Steve Teixeira, Director of Program Management for the Windows Internet of Things team at Microsoft, said, “Developers have many development and deployment choices for their IoT applications, and today Microsoft and Azul made it easy for those who prefer Java to build premier IoT devices running Windows.”

Scott Sellers, president and CEO of Azul Systems said, “Azul is delighted to announce the immediate availability of Zulu Embedded supporting Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Core. Our OpenJDK-based offering provides a compelling and freely distributable open source solution for Java developers building solutions for Windows IoT. Azul Systems is committed to updating and evolving Zulu Embedded to meet the specific requirements of Microsoft’s IoT platforms.”

Zulu Embedded for Windows 10 IoT Core is available immediately. For more information regarding Zulu Embedded and to download, visit The Zulu Community website is For more information regarding Windows 10 IoT Core, visit

About Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Core

Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Core is an edition of the Windows 10 OS designed for low-cost, small-footprint embedded devices such as those based on Raspberry Pi 2 and Minnowboard Max. Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Core has been designed with choice in mind as a low barrier to entry, easy-to-use platform for developers and makers who want to build professional grade devices. It is designed to work with a variety of open source languages as well as Visual Studio – powering a range of intelligent connected devices ranging from small form factors, such as gateways or mobile point-of-sale units, to industrial devices, like robots and specialty manufacturing equipment.

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