Microsoft will enable UWP Windows 10 apps to access more data from a Kinect sensor with the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update.


At the moment, UWP Windows 10 apps cannot collect most of the data from a Kinect hardware device. In a blog post (via Winbeta), Microsoft stated:

With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and a Kinect driver update, Kinect developers will be able to read RGB, infrared (IR), and depth data from the Kinect sensor. The Kinect sensor's microphone array is already visible to the UWP audio and speech recognition APIs today (although not all features from the Kinect for Windows SDK are accessible to UWP APIs)—this remains unchanged.

Skeleton data is important to many Kinect apps. Through a supplemental SDK that will be available later this year, UWP developers will have access to skeletal poses. With the new capabilities in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, developers can also use the existing Windows.Media.FaceAnalysis APIs with Kinect to detect and track faces.

Current Win32 desktop apps that access the Kinect sensor won't be affected by the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.