The next computer boom

While the fragmented robotics market is now in its infancy, forecasts call for the industry to grow into a multibillion-dollar market in the next five to 10 years.

“We believe this is a key part of the future of computing,” said Microsoft Robotics Group general manager Tandy Trower, who called robots the next evolution of the personal computer.

Microsoft Robotics Studio is new software is meant to bootstrap the robotics industry much in the way that Microsoft’s operating system helped get the personal computer industry going.