I'm a geekette who enjoys playing with new technology for software developers. I work as a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft. My current focus is on Windows Store development for Windows 8.
On Thursday of last week, we launched the Kinect for Windows SDK Beta. In case you missed it, the entire Kinect launch event was recorded and is now posted at http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/KinectSDK/BetaLaunch.
You can download the Kinect SDK from here. When getting started, I highly recommend the Kinect QuickStarts, a series of short videos that walk you through the basics.
Finally, check out the main Kinect page at http://research.microsoft.com/kinectsdk. It contains a great overview of the Kinect features, documentation and code walkthroughs, and forums for asking questions, getting answers, and providing feedback to the team.
Kinect SDK download: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/kinectsdk/download.aspx
Coding4Fun Kinect Toolkit (a handy developer API for Windows Forms and WPF, for things like converting a byte array to a bitmap or getting the distance of a particular pixel in one line of code): http://c4fkinect.codeplex.com/
Kinect Beta Launch On-Demand Sessions: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/KinectSDK/BetaLaunch
Kinect for Windows SDK VB Samples: http://files.ch9.ms/coding4fun/KinectSDKSamplesVB.zip
Coding4Fun Kinect Project Gallery: http://channel9.msdn.com/coding4fun/kinect/
Programming Guide: Getting Started with the Kinect for Windows SDK Beta
Frequently Asked Questions
Getting Started and Code Walkthroughs