Touchpad gestures will become smarter in Windows 10

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Miron Vranjes, senior program manager of the Windows 10 User Experience team, held a session at WinHEC on March 18 that revealed new gestures that will be coming to precision touchpads.

During the session, “Designing Great Hardware for the Windows 10 UI,” Vranjes focused on how the hardware and software of the new Windows operating system will relate to the overall user experience.

As it turns out, Windows 10 computers will include a wide range of gestures. For example, swiping down with three fingers will show the desktop and minimize current windows. Using four fingers at once will open the Action Center, and swiping down from the top edge with show a hidden title bar in Metro apps. Previous Windows 8.1 gestures will be included as well.

“There are a number of exciting improvements to the overall user experience coming in Windows 10, many of which require tight integration with the hardware to successfully light up for customers,” Vranjes detailed in his presentation.

Multi-finger gestures will give users the ability to navigate various features ranging from Cortana to the Notification Center. Edge gestures will also be incorporated into the touchpad. This means that users will be able to swipe from any four sides of the pad to gain quick access to the desktop or open apps.

Vranjes’ session was a part of the Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) event in Shenzhen, China, which is being held to provide technical training, information on new Microsoft products, and connect partners and customers.

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