My article series a few days ago on Windows cross compiling for Raspberry Pi hasn't caught fire.
Today has the announcement from the Microsoft Build conference that an upcoming Windows 10 update will include the Ubuntu user environment and ability to run Ubuntu executables. Wow.
This means a much easier time working on development. We'll have to wait for the Redstone upgrade, no date given, then use a Windows 10 machine. Worth upgrading from Windows 7?