It looks like Microsoft has now officially launched the Microsoft Robotics Studio. The software is a new Windows(R)-based environment for academic, hobbyist and commercial developers to easily create robotic applications for a wide variety of computing platforms. The community technology preview of the Microsoft Robotics Studio is available for download. Microsoft also has a Microsoft Robotics Studio microsite on MSDN.
The goal of the Microsoft Robotics Studio is to supply a software platform for the robotics community that can be used across a wide variety of hardware, applicable to a wide audience of users, and development of a wide variety of applications. As a platform, the intent is also to enable a third parties to supply support for new hardware, technologies, and tools.