Natal will work on Windows PCs, too, says Bill Gates

Whether Gates is referring to a full computer operating system, such as Windows 7, entirely through Natal is open to debate, but the quotes prove that Microsoft is making plans for Natal to extend beyond Xbox 360 gaming

In a recent interview, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates hints that the company's upcoming gesture-sensing controller dubbed "Project Natal" will be enabled for other platforms beyond the Xbox 360.

Speaking to reporter Ina Fried, Gates mentioned using Natal beyond "just games." Gates imagined using Natal to "manage your movies, music, home system-type stuff" using gestures. He also said that business computing could benefit from Natal gesture recognition, adding, "I think there's incredible value as we use that in the office connected to a Windows PC."

Whether Gates is referring to a full computer operating system, such as Windows 7, entirely through Natal is open to debate, but the quotes prove that Microsoft is making plans for Natal to extend beyond Xbox 360 gaming.

Natal's hardware won't appear until 2010, but the device has garnered quite a bit of buzz, with an appearance on the Jimmy Fallon Show and references on The Colbert Report.

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