Monday, September 22, 2014

Humans 0 - Robots 0. It appears MSR Robotics Research Team is no more... :(

Microsoft Research - Robotics Research

Results and resources from our robotics initiatives

The robots are coming! Actually, they are already here...

Yeah, maybe not so much.

Saw the first news about this yesterday;

The Humans Are Dead

Sadly, Microsoft has decided to kill the MSR Robotics team... My last day is today.
All that remains is a bunch of robots...


Here's a bit more information/tweets/etc

microsoft-news - Microsoft Kills The Microsoft Research Robotics Team


Microsoft Robotics products and services enable academic, hobbyist and commercial developers to easily create robotics applications across a wide variety of hardware. Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4 is a popular product from that group which is a .NET-based programming environment for building robotics applications. It can be used by both professional and non-professional developers as well as hobbyists.

As part of the recent layoffs, Microsoft has decided to kill the Microsoft Research Robotics studios. Team member Ashley Feniello tweeted about this recently. MSR Robotics team were focused on the following,




RDS is still available, Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4, but it's 2 1/2 years old now and only for VS 2010.

I always thought this an awesome product/area/team/thing and a bunch of fun to play with. Now with the IoT and Maker stuff, you'd think more would be invested this, not less, let alone killed. :(

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