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.

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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?

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