February 1st, Microsoft will launch Kinect for Windows hardware and accompanying version 1 software. It will be available in limited quantities in United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, and United Kingdom. Microsoft has plans to release a cheaper academic version later on this year. In addition to support for Windows 7 and the Windows 8 developer preview (desktop apps only), Kinect for Windows will also support gesture and voice on Windows Embedded-based devices and will enhance how data is captured and accessed within intelligent systems across manufacturing, retail and many more industries. Microsoft has optimized Kinect for Xbox 360 hardware components and made firmware adjustments which better enable PC-centric scenarios.
Read more here – http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/kinectforwindows/