Microsoft-Related News and Updates

Some things have been announced recently that are related to Microsoft, so I thought I’d lump them in one post (and this blog is about developing/programming educational technology, so obviously Microsoft is going to come up now and again, especially when it involves free stuff like below🙂

  1. Microsoft released a free ebook for learning to use Visual Basic 2005 (express edition).
  2. If you are using Visual Studio 2005, be aware that a security update was recently released.
  3. The 1.0 version of Microsoft Robotics Studio was released. Some of the announced features of this free software kit include:
    • A visual programming language that enables nonprogrammers to easily program robots using a drag-and-drop environment.
    • A 3-D tool that simulates robotics applications in physics-based virtual environments.
    • Compatibility with other robot and electronic kits such as Lego Mindstorms, Phidgets, and many others.
  4. As linked to earlier, Bill Gates wrote an article in the January 2007 issue of Scientific American about robots.
  5. Oh yeah, and Microsoft has apparently patented RSS.
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