Kinect for Windows

For developers building cloud-powered solutions, Project Kinect for Azure combines the next generation of Microsoft’s category-defining depth sensor with Azure AI services to make the intelligent edge more perceptive than ever before. To learn more, read Alex Kipman's post on LinkedIn, and then register your interest for hardware.

Manufacturing of the Kinect sensor and adapter has been discontinued, but the Kinect technology continues to live on in products like the HoloLens, Cortana voice assistant, the Windows Hello biometric facial ID system, and a context-aware user interface.

Microsoft is working with Intel to provide an option for developers looking to transition from the Kinect for Windows platform. Microsoft will continue to provide support for the Kinect for Windows SDK via our online forums, premiere and paid technical support. As developers transition from Kinect hardware, Microsoft encourages developers to look into Intel's RealSense depth cameras.

Kinect Studio

Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0

Build desktop applications for Windows 10 or sell your Kinect v2 UWP apps in the Microsoft Store to take advantage of unique Windows Runtime features and expand distribution.


Developer resources

Developer content

Learn how to implement different Kinect for Windows features and more about tools, like Kinect Studio, that support your development experience.


Connect with Microsoft and other developers like yourself on technical forums, Facebook, and Twitter to keep current on the latest news and announcements relevant to Windows app and game development.

Hardware support

Get troubleshooting advice, warranty and safety information, and more.

Tools and extensions

Windows developer tools

These tools include a free, full-featured Visual Studio Community client, universal app templates, a code editor, a powerful debugger, Windows Mobile emulators, rich language support, and more, all ready to use in production.

NuGet and Unity Pro add-ons

Install the Kinect SDK 2.0 and use the NuGet packages for a better .NET Framework development experience. You can also take advantage of the Unity Pro packages to build Kinect-based Unity apps.

Kinect for Windows language packs

The language packs enable you to add speech recognition to your Kinect for Windows apps.

DirectX SDK

Because the Windows SDK is the primary developer SDK for Windows, DirectX is now included in it. You can now use the Windows SDK to build great games for Windows.

Microsoft Speech Platform SDK 11

You can use the technologies and tools in the Speech Platform SDK 11 to give applications the ability to recognize spoken words (speech recognition) and to generate synthesized speech (text-to-speech or TTS). Using this SDK, you can give users an effective and natural way to interact with your applications, complementing the use of mice, keyboards, controllers, and gestures.

Kinect Configuration Verifier

Run the Kinect Configuration Verifier tool to check your system for issues and to verify that you’re running the latest driver for your GPU.