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:
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.