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 enables you to create commercial or Windows Store apps and experiences that support gesture and voice recognition by using C++, C#, Visual Basic, or any other .NET language or Windows Store projection. The integrated developer toolkit includes sample applications with access to 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:

Related SDKs, downloads, and tools

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

Kinect for Windows development also requires Visual Studio. You can download a free version, 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 hardware

With the latest sensor and SDK, you can develop state-of-the-art applications for Windows desktop and distribution via the Windows Store.

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Download the SDK

Develop commercial apps or Windows Store apps with the SDK 2.0.

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