Since our announcement of Kinect for Windows version 1.5 in “What’s Ahead: A Sneak Peek” there have been a few questions that have come up that I wanted to answer.

There have been some folks who have thought that 1.5 included new hardware. Version 1.5 is our new software release that is coming out in the same timeframe that we launch the current Kinect for Windows hardware in 19 additional countries. We will upgrade our software at a faster rate than we refresh our hardware. 

We have built version 1.5 of our software with 1.0 compatibility at top of mind. Applications built using 1.0 will work on the same machine with an application built using 1.5 – this is something that we plan to do always, insuring that solutions built using older runtimes can always run side by side with solutions using new runtimes. Furthermore, we have maintained API compatibility for developers – applications that are currently being built using the 1.0 SDK can be recompiled using the 1.5 SDK without any changes required.  No one has to wait for 1.5 to get a Kinect for Windows sensor or to start coding using the current SDK!

I love the enthusiasm for the 1.5 SDK and runtime, the new speech languages, and for the new countries we’re launching in – we can’t wait to deliver it to you.

 Craig Eisler
General Manager, Kinect for Windows