Finally, I can tell it, Tandy Trower and his team have announced the Microsoft Robotic Studio. Last time I have seen it in early spring, some parts of the tool have been already very impressing. Finally, I am looking forward for the final release.
Beside this the Robot magazine gives a first impression of the Robotics Studio and some first screenshots of the upcoming Simulator. Furthermore the Carnegie Mellon University starts a new program supported by the Robotics Group from Redmond. Meanwhile, there is also a Channel 9 video of almost one hour available.