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Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R3 is now a freely available .NET-based programming environment for building robotics applications.
Whether you're a hobbyist, academic or commercial customer, or just curious about developing robotics applications, Microsoft RDS 2008 R3 gives you everything you need to easily create robotics applications across a wide variety of different hardware.
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
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.
To learn more and get started, see Microsoft Robotics Studio.
Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation