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Windows Gets “Kinectified” this Spring

Written on February 22, 2011 by Charles Bass

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Listen gamers! A non-commercial Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit will be out this spring. Good news, right?

This Spring, Windows gets Kinect-ed!

As it turns out, “the right time” for Microsoft to release an official non-commercial Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit is Spring time. The report was revealed during Microsoft’s “show-and-tell discussion” also known as TechForum. The company’s chief research and strategy office Craig Mundie, along with Interactive Entertainment Business president Don Mattrick, revealed their plans to release the SDK as a free download this Spring. The projects is a “collaboration” between Microsoft Research and IEB and promises to “give academic researchers and enthusiasts access to key pieces of the Kinect system — such as the audio technology, system application programming interfaces and direct control of the Kinect sensor itself.”

As quoted from the official Microsoft Blog:

“This morning, Craig and Don Mattrick, president, Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB), announced plans to release a non-commercial Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit, or SDK, this spring.”

Are you ready for some Kinect-filled Spring?

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Windows 8: Set on 2012

Written on October 25, 2010 by Charles Bass

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We all wanted to know more about Windows 8. But Microsoft said that it will not be visible until the year 2012. For now, let's start making patience our virtue.

You want to be the first to know when is Windows 8 is hitting the Internet. Too bad it will not happen in the next two years.

According to a Dutch blog post from Microsoft, the next Windows version will include its very own Windows App store just like Apple’s Mac. There will also be logins via facial recognition plus faster and more reliable boot-up. The launch date will likely be on 2011.

Long gaps between launch of new operating systems is an old thing for Microsoft. The company spend more time in desktop OS than Apple. Windows 7 had landed a year ago, two and a half years after Windows Vista. Vista came out after XP’s five year reign. However, in the past, CEO Steve Ballmer apologized for the delay and said this will never happen again.

But let’s forget about these delay, what’s important is to know when will Windows 8 be released.

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