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Will Microsoft be the next big player in the robotics arena? Microsoft is now one of the Gold Sponsors of the upcoming RoboBusiness Conference in a few weeks.

On June 20th Microsoft’s Tandy Trower will deliver a talk and an, "overview of Microsoft’s perspective on this rapidly growing market, and highlight its key initiatives to enable robotics development across a wide range of market segments and applications."

Also, at the same time, Joseph Fernando will lead another in depth session for businesses, educators and hobbiests. The session description reads:

This session, featuring presentations from Microsoft and early-adopter third-party companies, will provide a technical introduction to Microsoft’s technologies and how they can be used to develop robotics applications. It is geared to both programmers and non-programmers who wish to gain insight into how Microsoft can make developing robotic applications easier.

Microsoft has already showed a lot of interest in the hobbiest community with its release of Visual Studio Express Edition with support for LEGO Mindstorms.

So the main question is, what does a massive software company have in mind for robotics? Will it try and achieve the often talked about concept of "standards in robotics"? Will such a huge force be good or bad? What about the little guys? I, for one, am skeptical and a teensy bit scared.

3 Responses to “Will Microsoft Go Robotic?”

  1. Ken Auer

    http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/06/20/79442_HNmicrosoftrobotics_1.html?source=NLC-TB2006-06-20 answers some of the questions from Microsoft’s perspective.

    I’ve only had a backburner interest in this market to date. Will this change things? I’m not a big Microsoft fan for a lot of reasons, but they do seem to be able to market to the masses in ways no one else can and stimulate others to step it up a notch.

    I’d love to hear what real robot geeks think will happen to the market over the next 2, 5, 10 years with Microsoft in the mix.

  2. Grace Foo

    Does anyone know how I can contact Tandy Trower? Or is there someone I can contact to get through him??

    Thanks so much! The fact the Microsoft is going for robotics is awesome.

  3. William

    Grace,

    I think your best bet would be to get on the [URL=http://blogs.msdn.com/microsoft_robotics_studio/] Robotics Studio blog[/URL] and post a comment.

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