Sorry for being late at checking the reply, was traveling and compiling problem is only with my home computer while on my laptop everything works fine. Please see the error below
Arduino: 1.8.3 (Windows 10), Board: "SparkFun ESP8266 Thing, 80 MHz, 115200"
Board thing (platform esp8266, package esp8266) is unknown
Error compiling for board SparkFun ESP8266 Thing.
This report would have more information with
"Show verbose output during compilation"
option enabled in File -> Preferences.
here is what I have done.
1- deleted "C:\Program Files (x86)\Arduino\hardware\esp8266com" restarted arduino IDE, also tried restarting computer and compiling again.
2- Followed instructions on " ESP8266 Thing Hookup Guide - learn.sparkfun.com " as per suggestions from ballscrewbob, with no luck in making it work.
Thanks for the help.