Microsoft man says sorry for anti-Kinect hack rant

A Microsoft Academic Developer evangelist has sort of said sorry to the people who hacked the Imperium’s Kinect controller for slagging them off in his blog.

Sam Stokes must have been short on coffee when he penned a grouchy bog  taking the micky out of those who “wasted time” developing Kinect and iPad hacks.

He wrote that outside of academics or research, the hacks were pointless because there was no way to make money out of it or save the world.

Stokes said that it would be a better use of your time to focus on Windows Presentation Foundation, learn XAML, learn HTML5. He said that no one cared about hacking Kinect or iPad.

However his blog appeared to get the goat of nearly everyone including some of his fellows at Redmond and its partners.

Joshua Blake, a Microsoft Surface MVP and founder of the OpenKinect community, said that Stokes misunderstood what was happening which was a little strange for a bloke who had the title of Academic Developer Evangelist.

Blake thought Stoke’s job might include encouraging students to learn by exploring, and being motivated by one of the more amazing products to come out of Microsoft.

After his post, it looks like Stokes received a call from a PR bunny and asked him to re-adjust his views to be a little more inclusive to Microsoft’s developer community. In other words, back pedal  or clean out his desk.

Yesterday he wrote in his bog that “after reviewing this with one of my mentors, I have come to see that I was off in my comments”.

Microsoft’s official line on Kinect hacking was underlined just a day before. The Imperium’s official blogger Steve Clayton revealed the company is excited by the hundreds of ways people are using Kinect. “

The enthusiasm we are seeing in the scientific community – specifically the research and academic communities – around potential applications of Kinect, is exciting to see” wrote Clayton.