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    LOL! This has gotten to be a funny thread!

    We used to have 4 but have evolved to using 2 as feet and 2 as hands, proof of evolution!
    OK. I'm a theistic evolutionist myself. Why not four hands instead then???

    Also, true on the M$ hardware division.

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  2. #12


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    I already have Microsoft's Touch Mouse that they released for Windows 7 and it's quite a nice thing to work with. You can easily snap windows, go back and forth, hyperscroll, and minimize all windows or open a window viewer to choose one all with just using touch. It's pretty neat, I hope some new Windows 8 drivers make it work better with 8.

    But as for that mouse....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I already have Microsoft's Touch Mouse that they released for Windows 7 and it's quite a nice thing to work with.
    That only reinforces my expectation that all the bad Amazon.com reviews are the accurate ones:

    http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-3KJ-...rBy=addOneStar

    I'm glad I bought 3 units of the Bluetrack Explorer mice for $20 each after Microsoft discontinued them. It looks like Microsoft hasn't made a decent mouse in a couple of years.

    You can easily snap windows, go back and forth, hyperscroll, and minimize all windows or open a window viewer to choose one all with just using touch.
    It reportedly sucks at doing mouse stuff like right-clicking and scrolling and going back, and the gestures are at best flaky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crawfish View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I already have Microsoft's Touch Mouse that they released for Windows 7 and it's quite a nice thing to work with.
    That only reinforces my expectation that all the bad Amazon.com reviews are the accurate ones:

    Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Microsoft Touch Mouse

    I'm glad I bought 3 units of the Bluetrack Explorer mice for $20 each after Microsoft discontinued them. It looks like Microsoft hasn't made a decent mouse in a couple of years.

    You can easily snap windows, go back and forth, hyperscroll, and minimize all windows or open a window viewer to choose one all with just using touch.
    It reportedly sucks at doing mouse stuff like right-clicking and scrolling and going back, and the gestures are at best flaky.
    Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Microsoft Touch Mouse
    I don't know, I read the poor reviews and I haven't experienced those issues. I have though had it left click when I try to right click a few times, but that was a long time ago when I initially started using it. It's a different mouse that is just a bit different to use. But the criticisms of the touch gesturing is absurd to me, then again, I haven't had ANY issue with touch. Scrolling is smooth to me. I like it because I can easily hyperscroll through a huge list, and then scroll in to focus on a certain part of a list. The forward/back swipes work perfectly. Only issue I've seen is on IE9/10 from time to time where it doesn't register the swipe back, again, it happens from time to time and not often for me.

    The only thing I have against it is gaming. It simply can't do it well, the hyperscroll kills you and since there aren't two separate buttons, it makes sniping difficult. Again, I knew what I was getting myself into and I bought it for 50 dollars when it was first released on the amazon and I use it for every thing other than gaming. It was definitely worth it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
    Don't Microsoft have a hardware division, making mice and keyboards, microphones, headsets and and webcams? Shouldn't they be first here with the tablet mouse:

    Attachment 7057

    and the Microsoft metro keyboard:

    Attachment 7058
    If this kind of keyboard implies, I don't think so..
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  6. #16


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    Windows 7/ UBUNTU


    Keyboard short cuts are definitely more efficient for navigating if you're good at them. Sometimes though, as in web browsing, there isn't time to tab through every HL. Track ball on keyboard would be nice :/
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    Vista and Win7


    Does not look like this thing is ready for prime time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by poimetheus View Post
    Keyboard short cuts are definitely more efficient for navigating if you're good at them. Sometimes though, as in web browsing, there isn't time to tab through every HL. Track ball on keyboard would be nice :/


    I use keyboard shortcuts and the mouse. KB shortcuts are cool. Mice are cool.

    Trackballs, however, are not. Never were. Never will be.

    I can't imagine a more useless way of interfacing with the confuser (well, actually I can, it's called 'touch').
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  9. #19


    Maryland
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    Windows 7/ UBUNTU


    Nah; a ball near the space bar would be fantastic. I could scroll and push it down (click) with my thumb. I type 90+ wpm; I hate having to lift my hands from the board.
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  10. #20


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    8 Release Preview, 7 Home Premium


    As what I have experience right now I'm getting use to it. With their dry run of "Release Preview" this is an advantage as I can say for now and for us users that follows what's up to date release. Without this release preview when that release comes I might say that we are searching in the dark for the previous OS of what we have been using for a decade and now MS will turn everything into a different face of Windows.
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