Microsoft Announces Official Support For Kinect And Windows 7

Last year only a couple of weeks after Kinect hit the market, a bunch of dubious hackers managed to crack the hardware and get it running on a Windows 7 machine. While the function it performed was fairly basic, it opened the flood gates for the rest of the hackers and developers since they had the necessary drivers.

Initially it didn’t look like Microsoft condoned this practice and didn’t seem to happy about it. But then at CES, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that the company would announce official PC support for Kinect “in the right time”

It looks like Microsoft decided to talk a leaf out of the hackers book and realised the potential that having the Kinect controller connected to a PC would bring. Microsoft’s gaming division obviously must have been planning on incorporating Kinect into Windows at some stage, but the hackers beat them to it.

None the less, they are said to be planning an official release of drivers and a Kinect SDK for Windows machines so that users could have genuine software for using the device with PCs, and not just botched up programs from hackers.

I’m sure having Kinect on Windows would greatly enhance the experience, especially the home media center where you could control everything on your Windows machine without actually having to be at it. There is a lot of possibilities for the Kinect hardware on Windows.

Winrumors have reported that some insiders have let slip that the first drivers will be distributed with a beta tag and incorporated into a “Community Technical Preview” of the company’s XNA Game Studio tools in the coming months.

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4 Responses to Microsoft Announces Official Support For Kinect And Windows 7

  1. Kpreston200 January 21, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

    I’m happy that they are listening to what customers want instead of DIRECTING the market to what they see is best. Now I would have hoped that the latest service pack would have reinstated the folder view problem but atleast the one that was leaked doesn’t. Still have to use “shell folder fix” to get what I want in my windows…shame on M$….

    Can someone please also answer, WHY the hell does Windows Installer have to try and connect with the internet when I try to install something? I blocked it with my firewall and everything runs fine. What business is it to anyone what I install on MY PC? If it is unneccesary to go online to install a program then why else go online other than to report what I am doing in the privacy of my world? Also, no mention of this behavior ANYWHERE online…you would think because they don’t want to get caught with their pants down or no one has ever thought about it or even caught it inside their firewall. Lots of windows features for some reason feel need to go online and I am suspicious of every one of them. Just the other day my phone came up with a message saying network backup account error. I neither started an account or this program yet it assumes I want all my information backed up to some offline account? WTF? The United States has become one huge, get into your personal lives crapfest.

    • BambooMan March 23, 2011 at 2:24 am #

      Im trying to be as polite as i can here, but reading your post just made me realise that the world is still full of idiots who blame others for their lack of technicality. Folder view works perfectly. You must have goofed up when installing some cheap theme to add some eye candy and then show off in front of your equally technically challenged friends.

      If your Windows installer is trying to connect to the internet, YOU HAVE A VIRUS!! It cant be more obvious than that. Windows installer DOES NOT NEED TO CONNECT TO THE INTERNET.

      And i dont think you realise what the above discussiion is about cause you are talking about something completely off topic.

      Kinect plus Windows 7 has endless possiblities. Apart from games and the edia center, it can change the way you operate your PC. Navigate through windows and operate applications by just waving your hands. Just like those Sci-Fi movies.

  2. Dan Dar3 January 23, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    If they are readying the drivers and SDK now it means it has been in the works for a while. Good for them, riding it while it’s hot.

  3. Bill Pickett February 1, 2011 at 1:56 am #

    Microsoft is late to the party. Hackers skillfully decoded the interface to the kinect without any supporting information. It makes me wonder what tipped the balance, once Microsoft saw that people would use a kinect in creative ways I’m sure they saw that it was just a good business decision to make it official.

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