For Xbox 360 users, the avatars in the existing Xbox Live system will become more prominent with the launch of Kinect, showing up in more places in the interface and inside video games.
Microsoft's executive team is having some fun in honor of next week's launch of the Kinect motion-based control system for Xbox 360, swapping out their traditional corporate headshots for Xbox Live avatars.
Some of the most amusing "likenesses" are on the senior leadership team. A few of them are eerily accurate, such as Steve Ballmer's avatar, pictured here. Meanwhile, others are a bit generous, such as the liberal interpretation of Kevin Turner's hairline.
And Steven Sinofsky, the Windows president, stands out for having no avatar at all -- just a Windows logo. Talk about identifying with your work!