As the Arduino platform develops over time, the IDE moves along at a varying pace. Some updates haven't been that exciting or out of the ordinary, however the new version 1.0.5 announced in the last few days is a welcome revision to the software tool we all know and love. The greatest new feature included is the new, signed drivers for Windows 8 - so all new PC-buying Arduino users can breathe a sigh of relief and simply get on with making things instead of hacking their OS. Furthermore there's a new Windows installer to make life easier for new users, and a few bug fixes to make the wifi shield run more smoothly, amongst other things.
For more information on the update, visit the Arduino release notes, and click here to download the new IDE. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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