Kinect for Windows SDK and Hardware in China & Six New Markets Available on Oct 8; Windows Live Rebranded as Windows Services; Services Agreement for Online Products Update Taking Effect on Oct 19

Kinect for Windows on October 8, is coming to China to help developers and businesses there innovate with Kinect for Windows and transform experiences through touch-free solutions.In addition , Kinect for Windows hardware will be available in six additional markets later this fall: Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, and Poland.The update to the […]

Kinect for Windows on October 8, is coming to China to help developers and businesses there innovate with Kinect for Windows and transform experiences through touch-free solutions.

In addition , Kinect for Windows hardware will be available in six additional markets later this fall: Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, and Poland.

The update to the Kinect for Windows runtime and software development kit (SDK) has numerous new features that deliver additional power to Kinect for Windows developers and business customers.

Microsoft saysm that by the end of the year, Kinect for Windows will be available in 38 markets.

Kinect for Windows 2012 Roadmap: Coming to China on October 8

Here are a few highlights:

  • "Enable businesses to do more with Kinect for Windows with adding features such as expanded sensor data access--including color camera settings and extended depth data--to continue to inspire innovative uses of the Kinect for Windows technology in new and different places.
  • Improve developer efficiency with new tools such as a new sample that demonstrates a "best in class" UI based on the Kinect for Windows Human Interface Guidelines.
  • Extend Windows tools and operating system support. October update will include support for Windows 8 desktop applications, Microsoft .NET 4.5, and Microsoft Visual Studio 2012," informs Craig Eisler, General Manager, Kinect for Windows.

In other Microsoft news, Windows Live team has now been renamed as the "Windows Services" team.

According to sources, "Microsoft has renamed the team formerly known as "Windows Live" to the "Windows Services" team," reports ZDNet's MDF. And, the division headed by Steven Sinofsky is now going to be called the "Windows Division," rather than the Windows and Windows Live Division.

Also, "the remaining apps that had been until recently part of "Windows Live Essentials" -- Mail, Calendar, Writer, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Family Safety, etc. -- are moving to a newly created Windows Apps team," according to sources MJ Foley said.

Finally, Microsoft has introduced a series of changes to its "services agreements," making it easier to read and understand, and a new Q&A format --set to take effect on October 19, 2012.

In an email sent to users, the company informs that the changes affect a wide range of its online products and services, as well as Microsoft accounts include "Hotmail, SkyDrive, Bing, MSN, Office.com, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Movie Maker, Windows Mail Desktop, and Windows Writer."

"We also clarified how Microsoft uses your content to better protect consumers and improve our products, including aligning our usage to the way we're designing our cloud services to be highly integrated across many Microsoft products," the company said in the email.

"We realize you may have personal conversations and store personal files using our products, and we want you to know that we prioritize your privacy." Following the change, Microsoft will have the possibility to access and display user content across various cloud services, with the purpose to "provide, protect and improve Microsoft products and services."

"Finally, we have added a binding arbitration clause and class action waiver that affects how disputes with Microsoft will be resolved in the United States," Microsoft said.

The new Microsoft Services Agreement is available on company's website via this link.

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