Windows 7 Multi Touch

Interacting with your display is on the verge of changing to mainstream computing. With Windows 7 due for release on Oct 22, computer hardware manufacturers have been lining up to add multi touch as standard.

Check out this step by step review of Windows 7

Check out this step by step review of Windows 7

So what are the core gestures in Windows 7?

Tap and Double-tap– Touch and release to click.
This is the most basic touch action. Can also double-tap to open files and folders. Tolerances are tuned to be larger than with a mouse. This works everywhere.
Drag – Touch and slide your finger on screen.
Like a dragging with a mouse, this moves icons around the desktop, moves windows, selects text (by dragging left or right), etc. This works everywhere.
Scroll – Drag up or down on the content (not the scrollbar!)
of scrollable window to scroll. This may sound basic, but it is the most used (and most useful – it’s a lot easier than targeting the scrollbar!) gesture in the beta according to our telemetry. You’ll notice details that make this a more natural interaction: the inertia if you toss the page and the little bounce when the end of the page is reached. Scrolling is one of the most common activities on the web and in email, and the ability to drag and toss the page is a perfect match for the strengths of touch (simple quick drags on screen). Scrolling is available with one or more fingers. This works in most applications that use standard scrollbars.
Zoom – Pinch two fingers together
or apart to zoom in or out on a document. This comes in handy when looking at photos or reading documents on a small laptop. This works in applications that support mouse wheel zooming.
Two-Finger Tap – tapping with two fingers simultaneously
zooms in about the center of the gesture or restores to the default zoom – great for zooming in on hyperlinks. Applications need to add code to support this.
Rotate – Touch two spots on a digital photo
and twist to rotate it just like a real photo. Applications need to add code to support this.
Flicks – Flick left or right to navigate back and forward
in a browser and other apps. This works in most applications that support back and forward.
Press-and-hold – Hold your finger on screen
for a moment and release after the animation to get a right-click. This works everywhere.
Or, press-and-tap with a second finger – to get right-click,
just like you would click the right button on a mouse or trackpad. This works everywhere.
Read More here…..

Notable computer brands have in the past few weeks, Acer, HP, Fujitsu, Lenovo and Toshiba have all announced new laptops and desktops with touchscreens and software optimized for Windows 7. Some of these are updates to systems that already offered more limited touch features; others are entirely new multi-touch models. A few are mainstream laptops, signaling that touch could be ready to break out of its convertible-tablet box and reach a wider audience. Since they are timed for the release of Windows 7 on October 22, only a handful of these new PCs have received full reviews, but here’s what to expect…. read more.

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