Today, we're extremely excited to announce some major news about Kinect:
- The full release of the Kinect for Windows software development kit 2.0, featuring over 200 improvements and updates to the preview version of the SDK. The SDK is a free download, and there are no fees for runtime licenses of commercial applications developed with the SDK.
- Ability to develop Kinect apps for the Windows Store. With commercial availability of SDK 2.0, you can develop and deploy Kinect v2 apps in the Windows Store for the first time. Access to the Windows Store enables you to reach millions of potential customers for your business and consumer solutions.
- Availability of the US$49.99 Kinect Adapter for Windows that enables you to connect a Kinect for Xbox One sensor to Windows 8.0 and 8.1 PCs and tablets. This means that developers can use their existing Kinect for Xbox One sensor to create Kinect v2 solutions, and consumers can experience Kinect v2 apps on their computer by using the Kinect for Xbox One sensor they already own. The adapter is available in over two dozen markets—rolling out later today—and will be available in a total of 41 markets in coming weeks.
You can find more details about these developments in Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman's post on the Official Microsoft Blog. As Alex says, "these updates are all part of our desire to make Kinect accessible and easy to use for every developer."
The Kinect for Windows Team
- Download the SDK
- Purchase a Kinect for Windows v2 sensor
- Purchase an adapter for Kinect for Xbox One
- Read Alex Kipman's announcement blog
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