We've seen plenty of interesting projects roll out of Microsoft's Robotics Studio, but the Robotics Developer Studio package of programming and design tools has not been the smash success that the company had hoped. In a move to expand its user base and drum up grass roots support, the company has done something that might have once been unthinkable: As of today, they're giving away the store, making the RDS available as a free download from the company's website. "We decided to take out all of the barriers that today our users might have in order to help them build these new technologies," Stathis Papaefstathiou, the head of the robotics studio, told IEEE Spectrum. Finally, a little help for the DIY robotics enthusiasts out there! Hit the source link to get started.

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Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio: for now on, it's a free download