Windows 10 features new trackpad gestures straight from OS X

By Scorpus
Oct 28, 2014
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  1. With Windows 10, Microsoft will be adding in a range of new trackpad gestures that will make the operating system easier to use. The company's Joe Belfiore showed off some of the new gestures at his TechEd Europe keynote, stating...

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  2. Punkid

    Punkid TS Guru Posts: 420

    I know this wasnt a feature of the OS before, but its been there for ages with the drivers that come with trackpads.
    MilwaukeeMike likes this.
  3. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Guru Posts: 735   +259

    Yup, 3rd party software. And yet they make it seem like Apple came up with it...
  4. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Addict Posts: 439   +84

    Windows is my wife.

    OSx is my girlfriend.

    Linux is my mistress.
    Reehahs and bazz2004 like this.
  5. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 806   +270

    I don't mind it being taken straight from OSX if that is the best way of doing stuff.
  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,106   +1,376

    In the meantime, Windows 8.1 on the latest Macs still fails to provide the same responsiveness as OS-X does. In OS-X the touch-pad works perfectly, I never need to use a mouse, while in Windows it is quite slow and awkward without a mouse, and it is not the UI, it is the touch-pad drivers that suck.

    Just a point of concern - whether MS will ever get it right with touch-pads.
  7. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,202   +422

    Yes! This is great news as Apple has definitely done touchpad gesture controls (even if they did not originally create it) much better than any Windows device for some time now. Since I use both MBP and other laptops I find myself trying to use those multi-finger gestures everywhere.
  8. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,079   +331

    I never use a touchpad but for when I do this is looking good!
  9. Cocolio

    Cocolio TS Rookie

    This is crap, lets face it, touchpads or trackpads need to die soon, we have a better alternative in the market like leap motion, I also heard that MS is developing their own "leap motion" wich is a 16x4 sensors on the keyboard, there is also kinect wich needs to be shrunken.
  10. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Posts: 2,638   +86

    I've used the Leap Motion. It's nowhere near of being a better alternative to the mouse / trackpad.
    Arris likes this.
  11. S_Brideau

    S_Brideau TS Rookie Posts: 65

    In this case I think it's just Apple not giving MS the drivers for the touchpad, which would make it normal to not work correctly in Windows. Pretty simple right? MS is not at fault here, Apple is. And it's just so that they don't have people like you pay triple the price just to run Windows on a Mac. They want you to run their own OS.
    m4a4 likes this.
  12. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    They will probably never be as smooth as on OS X :p.
  13. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,617   +494

    "One of the main new gestures is swiping either up or down with three fingers, which will minimize or bring back all active windows." Also know as Windows key + D in every other version of windows.

    "The three finger swipe up will also be used to reveal Windows 10's Task View, which neatly shows all active applications." Right click task bar then click task manager...

    "Three finger swiping on the trackpad to the left or right will be used to move between applications." I'll stick to Alt + Tab, at least that way I can pick what I want to switch to.

    I would think this has more to do with the vast number of companies making touch-pads for Windows versus Apple having One company providing them the same pad across their line up, naturally the drivers will be more streamlined. Why do you think Windows laptops come with touch-pad drivers in the first place? Simply because Microsoft had left it up to the manufacturer until now, where now they want a consistent experiences regardless of the touch-pad used, not the clunky experience we're all too familiar with.
  14. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,023   +612

    Proper integration and implementation of this in Windows is a welcomed addition. In OS X I use a couple of these all the time and much like with keyboard shortcuts, you barely think when using them but save you a ton of time in a productivity setting. Now what we need is for laptop manufacturers to put their act together and be consistent in shipping only great trackpads.
  15. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,729   +1,093

    No kidding... my Asus netbook circa 2005 had a trackpad that did this. and that was windows XP!
  16. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,587   +278

    Yup, my leap motion is in its box in a drawer. Contemplated trying to do some development with it but it seemed to still be at a fad/gimick stage in its life. Might dig it out and have a look at the new v2 software they are rolling out.
  17. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,213   +200

    This thread is spot on. My main computer is now a Windows 7 laptop but there is no way I'd use it without a wireless mouse. One of the important problems to sort with next generation laptops is the absence of a decent trackpad. I find laptop keyboards to be generally disappointing too.
  18. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,202   +422

    I only use my leap motion for the very few demos that work simultaneously with the Oculus Rift. It's is definitely NOT an alternative to the trackpad.
  19. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Addict Posts: 164   +70

    This comment made me bite the bullet and sign up to Techspot. Just so I can say, what a brilliant rendition of OS metaphors. I guess I keep my mistress in my pocket all the time. Haha
    Littleczr and S_Brideau like this.
  20. Cocolio

    Cocolio TS Rookie

    it doesnt matter, its still a new product, far different in use compared to a "trackpad", the need is to develop more uses to this device.
  21. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Addict Posts: 439   +84

    You know, I have been thinking of making a t-shirt.
    Reehahs likes this.

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