Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s CEO, at the end of Microsoft keynote at CES 2012, announced that Kinect for Windows on February 1. This new version of Kinect has been optimized well and adjusted to work better with the PC environment.
The Kinect for Windows will feature a “near mode” allowing the Kinect sensor to accurately detect objects and motions from distances as close as 50 centimetres. It will include the Kinect commercial SDK for developers, and is compatible with both Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Microsoft, founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, is a veteran software company, best known for its Microsoft Windows operating system and the Microsoft Office suite of productivity software. Starting in 1980 Microsoft formed a partnership with IBM allowing Microsoft to sell its software package with the computers IBM manufactured. Microsoft is widely used by professionals worldwide and largely dominates the American corporate market. Microsoft has made a presence on the Web with the MSN internet portal and Bing Search Engine.