Microsoft Ships 8 Million Kinects

Microsoft’s popular Kinect has sold more than 8 million units, which is amazing. That is almost 20% of the XBox 360 users (50 Million users).

Microsoft Corp. has shipped more than 8 million Kinect sensors for its Xbox device, topping the company’s forecasts, and now has 30 million users for the related Xbox Live online service.

The company also plans to add the Hulu Plus online- television service to Xbox Live and Kinect in the U.S. this spring. Windows Phone 7 software, meanwhile, will be available for Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp. in the first half, Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said yesterday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.