Technical documentation and tools

These resources will help you get the most out of your Kinect for Windows v2 sensor. The Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) 2.0 public preview enables you to use C++, C#, or Visual Basic to create applications and experiences that support gesture and voice recognition. The integrated developer toolkit includes sample applications with full source code, Kinect Studio, and resources to simplify and speed up application development. This page also provides links to other SDKs and tools that will help you build Kinect-enabled solutions.

Kinect for Windows v2 essentials

You will need these downloads and documents to develop Kinect for Windows v2 apps:

  • Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 public preview
    Includes an integrated toolkit and drivers for using the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor on a computer running Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Embedded Standard 8, or Windows Embedded Standard 8.1. Also included are APIs and device interfaces.

Related SDKs, downloads, and tools

SDKs and downloads
Some of the samples in the SDK 2.0 public preview make use of these additional resources:

Kinect for Windows development also requires Visual Studio. You can download a free version below, as well as other optional tools.

Language pack(s)
These language packs enable you to add speech recognition to your Kinect for Windows apps.

Get the v2 sensor

Experience the greater overall precision, responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities of the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor for use with the SDK 2.0 public preview.

See if the v2 sensor is available in your region

Download SDK 2.0

Start developing applications for the Windows Store with the SDK 2.0 public preview.

Develop applications

  • Application-building assistance

    Find companies that can help convert your natural user interface concepts into realities.

  • How-to videos

    Watch these videos to help you start developing with Kinect for Windows.

  • Code samples

    Browse code samples to learn about features or use as templates for building your own apps.

Get help

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    Find answers to common questions about Kinect for Windows.

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