Introduced in December 2006, Microsoft Robotics Studio is a Windows-based environment for academic, hobbyist and commercial developers to easily create robotics applications across a wide variety of hardware. On July 9th, a new version of this developer toolkit was introduced. The new Microsoft Robotics Studio version 1.5 adds support for Windows Embedded CE 6.0 and Windows Mobile 6, which allows developers to more easily deploy advanced scenarios and software applications on a wider variety of embedded platforms and at a lower cost. Additional improvements include improvements in its visual programming language and 3-D real-world-physics-based visual simulation environment, new services that offer support for vision and speech recognition, expanded documentation, and a new editor. Don't forget to hit up the downloads page for the Sumo Competition and Soccer Simulation packages! Then head over to the Microsoft Robotics Studio blog and see what they've done with the iRobot Create robots.