According to an interview with Kinect creator Alex Kipman and General Manager of Xbox Devices Marketing, Matthew Lapsen, Microsoft will no longer be producing Kinect and will continue to support it for customers on Xbox One.
For a trip down memory lane, check out our 2012 roundup of The Best Kinect Games. Design first reported, Microsoft is no longer manufacturing the motion sensor, which debuted in 2010 and was originally made for the Xbox 360. Back in 2011, it became the Guinness World Record holder of fastest-selling consumer device, as pointed out by The Verge. That was our goal with the Xbox One launch ... After time, the Xbox One started coming without it bundled, and the Kinect can't even connect directly to the Xbox One S and upcoming Xbox One X without a dongle. In the beginning, the Kinect was integral to the Xbox One experience. Now, after nearly seven years - and 35 million unit sales - its production has finally come to an end. Retailers are going to sell the remaining stock until they run out.
Nevertheless, the Kinect still found more niche uses among a developer community, including the exploration of its use in business and healthcare sectors. What remains unclear however is whether developer tools will continue receiving support from Microsoft.
Although the product has been killed, its depth sensing and facial recognition technologies live on in products such as Microsoft's HoloLens and Windows Hello. For the Xbox One, Microsoft stopped using the Israeli company's technology in preference for its own, with the original company ending up being purchased by Apple after all. Support will continue despite manufacture stopping, so if you now own a Kinect you need not worry. Also, laptops with Windows Hello cameras are based on Kinect's tech to recognize people's faces.