Microsoft Robotics Studio is Now Free

Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R3 is now a freely available .NET-based programming environment for building robotics applications.

Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R3 (Microsoft RDS) provides a wide range of support to make it easy to develop robot applications. Microsoft RDS includes a programming model that makes it easy to develop asynchronous, state-driven applications. Microsoft RDS provides a common programming framework that can be applied to support a wide variety of robots, enabling code and skill transfer.

Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio can support a broad set of robotics platforms by either running directly on the platform (if it has an embedded PC running Windows) or controlling it from a Windows PC through a communication channel such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth®.
In addition to providing support for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R3 provides a Visual Programming Language (VPL) which allows developers to create applications simply by dragging and dropping components onto a canvas and wiring them together.

To learn more and get started, see Microsoft Robotics Studio.

The R3 release is a minor update that has the functionality of the previous Standard Edition, but is now available at no cost to all users. As of the R3 release there are no separate Editions and only a single download.

The announcement was made on the Robotics team blog at Microsoft Announces Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R3.

You can get Robotics Studio from http://www.microsoft.com/robotics/#GetIt

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