mikejuk writes: When Steve Balmer took the stage for his last keynote at CES, he announced the date for Kinect for Windows to be launched, February 1, 2012. The fact that the new device will work in near mode i.e. down to 50cm isn't news but Microsoft has announced that it wont charge a license fee for the SDK. Instead it will make a profit on selling Kinects. And to stop you using the subsidized Xbox Kinect it has withdrawn permission to use its SDK for even non-commercial use. The Windows/PC connect will cost $249 — about $100 more than the XBox version.