One of the reasons I like building robots is that it combines skills in hardware and software development. I'm not very good at it, but when I have time to tinker, I really enjoy doing both. Today, Microsoft released a preview of Microsoft Robotics Studio, a development system for robots. I'm excited for many reasons, mostly because it will increase recognition in a field I've watched grow and languish and grow for the past 20 years.
Apparently, one of the first hardware platforms that Microsoft plans to support is the LEGO MindStorms
I think that's a wise move. I'm sure the kids on the robotics team
(you and old) will enjoy playing with the new software.
You can read more in the eWeek report: Microsoft Sees Life Stirring in Robots
I wonder if they will support any retro-robotcs, like the Hero 2000