Microsoft offering developers early access to Kinect for Windows

Access to the program costs $399 and is intended to give developers a head start on creating applications before the 2014 launch of Kinect for Windows.

Microsoft said today that it will be offering developers early access to its Kinect for Windows program. For $399, developers will get access to tools and a pre-release sensor.

The program begins this November in order to ensure enough time to ready new applications before Kinect for Windows is shipped next year.

Those taking part in the program will get direct access to the Kinect for Windows engineering team, early access to ongoing builds of the software development kit, private access to all API and sample documentation, the pre-release sensor, and a production sensor at launch.

The news was announced in conjunction with Microsoft's Build developers event.

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