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The Microsoft Touch Mouse update

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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    The Microsoft Touch Mouse update


    Well all, for anyone curious about this, the Touch Mouse originally designed for Windows 7 has finally been properly updated for Windows 8 to have full gesture control of the OS, not just the Desktop, but for the metro UI aspect. I have to say, after tweaking gestures, well then! I've been using hot corners like everyone else with a mouse, but to be able to swipe in from the left to pull up the Charms bar and swipe right to switch apps, it feels correct almost. It'll take a bit to get used to not having to go to the corners and such. A HUGE improvement is being able to have a three finger gesture for a mouse wheel click. YES! I'm still trying to figure out how to get it foolproof, but it seems I need to click and do the gesture or otherwise everything goes awry. A disadvantage is losing traditional gestures, like on the Desktop, since using the two finger gestures controls the metro UI it doesn't control the Desktop UI much where it would snap windows left or right. This can be changed of course, but I'm giving the new controls a go. Hopefully in a new update, it will segregate Desktop and metro UI controls...

    But I have to point out the elephant in the room, holy crap! I was shown how to use the new mouse gesture controls for Windows 8 better than I was shown how to use Windows 8. The logic in this thinking is lost on me. A radically different OS with different controls and navigation should had been better demonstrated versus a Touch Mouse that not everyone will have or use. Seriously, a good demonstration like the Touch Mouse's demonstration would be great. A black screen with text and touch trails and/or mouse pointers to show what to do, then the user does that action, move on to the next item, and then log into Start.

    Overall, I'm satisfied with the Touch Mouse, definitely a worthwhile investment. From what I've heard, it's like 50 percent less than what I bought it, so like 25 or so dollars. I'd give it a check out, ESPECIALLY for Windows 8. For PCs without a touchscreen, gesture controls on a mouse is or touchpad is a nice thing to have.

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    Windows 8.1 Pro, iOS 7.1, Elementary OS


    Hadn't even heard any buzz about the touch mouse in a while, but consider me a new buyer!

    Thanks Coke!
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    You're welcome!
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    This is the 2.0 update of the Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center. I've already been using 1.1 for awhile now. I wonder what the changes are. Any release notes?
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    Ok I've tried the new release, and I can't get any of the two finger gestures to work. Thinking of going back to the old release. Are you having any problems Coke Robot?
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I haven't had any problems so far with the touch gestures. Have you tried opening up the Control Center and changing the touch gestures?

    My only iffy so far is the three finger gesture for middle click, apparently it HAS to be done in a specific way or otherwise it detects it as a scroll then click.
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  7. #7


    Well I actually got the touch mouse working today. There is a setup option to reset to default. Now everything works.

    Think I recall disabling some gestures on the previous version. That must have corrupted some settings with the new release...
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