|Kinect for Windows version||Audience||Description||Compatibility with Kinect for Windows sensor||Compatibility with Kinect for Xbox 360 sensor*|
|Kinect for Windows SDK versions 1.0, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, and 1.8||Developers, including academics and enthusiasts||Software development kit for developer audience to enable the capabilities of the Kinect for Windows sensor in the applications||Tested and supported by Microsoft||Not tested or supported by Microsoft; available for development purposes only, not for commercial deployment|
|Kinect for Windows runtime versions 1.0, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, and 1.8||Users, including both commercial and non-commercial deployments||Kinect for Windows runtime, installed with an application, allows end-users to use a Kinect for Windows application||Tested and supported by Microsoft||Not supported, does not function|
|(archived) Kinect for Windows SDK beta 2** 32-bit and 64-bit||Anyone who built solutions on the beta SDK, using the Kinect for Xbox 360 sensor, especially in non-commercial deployments||Legacy beta SDK and runtime for Kinect for Windows includes non-final driver and API, but allows for non-commercial deployments using Kinect ||Not supported, does not function||Available for development purposes and non-commercial developments, such as academic or research**|
*For any implementation using this software, we strongly encourage that you use the Kinect for Windows sensor when you develop new applications. Microsoft does not guarantee compatibility for Kinect for Windows applications and the Xbox 360 Kinect sensor.
** SDK beta 2 rights expire June 16, 2016.