Today marks an exciting day at Microsoft as the availability of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview was announced this morning in Barcelona. If you haven’t been following the news around Windows 8, we encourage you to check out the Windows Experience Blog today to get a complete look at what’s new with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and help you decide if downloading the Consumer Preview is right for you.
A lot of the buzz with Windows 8 has been around touch technology and how we’re changing the way you can interact with your PC. Touch is a first-class citizen in Windows 8, but so is the mouse and keyboard – it’s all about a no compromise approach. The tools we know and love today for interacting with our PCs, like mice and keyboards, remain important devices for getting tasks done quickly, powerfully, and comfortably. In fact, today we are announcing that the Microsoft Touch Mouse – the winner of Engadget’s “Peripheral of the Year” award – will be updated for Windows 8, as it’s an ideal tool for quickly navigating the new Windows 8-style UI where horizontal scrolling is a fundamental need. In the meantime, its sleek design and ergonomic shape combines the classic functionality of a traditional mouse with advanced touch gestures that make everyday tasks more fluid and intuitive.
We’ll have more updates to come on the Touch Mouse sometime around Windows 8 general availability, so stay tuned for details.
For those of you who decide to download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (or perhaps already have!) you may be wondering how to best work with your current Microsoft mouse and keyboard and the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Starting today, we’ve launched a new beta app for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview called Microsoft Device Center that will help you more easily customize your Microsoft mouse and keyboard to make the most of your computing experience. Available for download here, the Microsoft Device Center beta combines Microsoft’s existing mouse software (IntelliPoint) and keyboard software (IntelliType) into one simple solution. Remapping your mouse buttons or assigning keys on your keyboard to your favorite file or webpage is easier than ever in the Microsoft Device Center beta for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
Stay tuned as we’ll have plenty more to share in the coming months!
- Hardware Team