Kinect to become Windows 8-compatible next month
It has been disclosed in the Kinect for Windows blog post that the Windows 8 version of this motion detection gadget will be out on October 8. The gadget will receive an update to its runtime and software development kit (SDK), which will add support for Windows 8 desktop applications. The update will also enable businesses to do more with Kinect for Windows. However, only those desktop applications that are designed to be run within the desktop environment will get support and not those on the modern user interface.
According to Craig Eisler, General Manager of Kinect for Windows, “We are committed to opening up even more opportunities for the creation of new end user experiences.” Briefing on the features, he added, "We’ll be adding features such as expanded sensor data access -- including color camera settings and extended depth data -- to continue to inspire innovative uses of the Kinect for Windows technology in new and different places."
Eisler said, "By the end of the year, Kinect for Windows will be available in 38 markets and we will have shipped two significant updates to the SDK and runtime beyond the initial release—and this is this just the beginning." As per the plans, Kinect for Windows will launch in China on October 8, followed by Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, and Poland.
Eisler ended by writing, “Microsoft has had a multi-decade commitment to natural user interface (NUI), and my team and I look forward to continuing to be an important part of that commitment. In coming years, I believe that we will get to experience an exciting new era where computing becomes invisible and all of us will be able to interact intuitively and naturally with the computers around us."
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