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Microsoft's rumored Windows Hello webcams reportedly codenamed 'Bari'

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Microsoft is rumored to be working on a new family of webcams, and now we may have a codename to put to them: Bari. That's according to a new report from Petri, which mentions that the cameras are also occasionally referred to as 'Aruba,' a codename associated with the Surface Hub 2.

The association between the two codenames suggests that the Bari camera may be closely related to the USB-C webcam Microsoft has shown off in previews of the Surface Hub 2.

Surface Hub 2

Surface Hub 2 with USB-C webcam.

The new family of webcams is rumored to include support for Windows Hello authentication, marking the first time Microsoft will have made the facial recognition tech available in one of its own products outside of the Surface line. The cameras are also expected to support 4K and work with Xbox One consoles in some manner, potentially enabling automatic sign-ins.

That Microsoft may be working on a family of webcams isn't entirely surprising; Panos Panay, Microsoft's Surface chief, hinted at the possibility in an October interview, pointing to the Surface Hub 2's USB-C webcam as something that could turn into a broader product push. In a more recent interview, Panay continued to push the idea that the Surface brand may continue to expand into new hardware categories.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to

  • I just hope they finally let people use Cortana on Xbox One with these webcams. It's annoying having to use an Echo to do voice control of the Xbox.
  • Pretty sure you can plug most USB Webcams or mics into the Xbox One to use Cortana.
  • I have a USB webcam plugged in and it does not work for Cortana. It works for Skype calls only.
  • If these can emulate the function of Kinect then I'll buy one for each of my Xboxs and desktop in a heartbeat. I've been thinking for awhile now that launching a new sensor that's not branded as such and marketed as a webcam first would give it more consumer appeal while offering the gesture control as a sort of "bonus" secondary function for those of us that still that want it.
  • Yes! Some degree of Kinect emulation would be fantastic - enough to add a few of best xbox 360 kinect titles to the BC list. If all it did was allow my kids to still play Kinect Party, that would be grand!
  • Yay, we have a code name now. We can move on! Sheesh, slow news day.
  • If these come with farfield mics, they would be a help for Cortana.
  • Guys, is there a chance that this is based on Azure for Kinect hardware? Cause that would be an instant buy for me.
  • The Microsoft naming committee is great.. ChakraCore , Aruba , project Spartan
  • Just get it to market already! I have to replace this Logitech Brio that had been on/off broken for months because of drivers.