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Windows 7: Introducing the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7

27 May 2009   #1

Introducing the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7

At Wall Street Journal's D: All Things Digital conference about a year ago today, Julie Larson-Green first introduced Walt Mossberg to Windows 7 and its multi-touch capabilities, which we call Windows Touch. While we’ve been working on bringing natural user interface to you in many Microsoft products, we first introduced multi-touch in Microsoft Surface. Since then, the Windows and Surface development teams have been collaborating closely on bringing multi-touch to Windows, and last year demoed a few applications they created to run on Windows 7. Today, we thought it would be fitting on this “anniversary” of first talking about Windows Touch to introduce the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7.

While touch is built into the “DNA” of Windows 7, something that was talked about in the Touching Windows 7 blog post on the E7 Blog, we thought it would be fun to give you some applications that show what’s possible with this new way to interact with your PC. The Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 is a set of six multi-touch optimized applications and games that are designed to truly showcase the capabilities of Windows Touch in Windows 7. It consists of 3 casual games, and 3 Microsoft Surface applications that have been created for Windows 7.

Let’s take a closer look at what’s in the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7…

Microsoft Surface Globe pretty much puts the whole world in your hands (well, kind of!). It uses the Virtual Earth 3D engine to display a 3D version of the world. Using multi-touch, you can navigate to different regions, get local information, and “pin” your favorite locations. You can even “fly” around 3D models of buildings in some cities. The Microsoft Surface Globe was one of the apps Julie Larson-Green demoed at last year’s D: All Things Digital conference. To see the Microsoft Surface Globe app in action – take a look at this video.

Take your favorite digital photos and arrange and resize them using only your fingertips with Microsoft Surface Collage! Once you have your photos in an arrangement you like, it’s simple to save your collage and make it your desktop background. I’ve made a whole series of backgrounds and cycle through them with the desktop slideshow.

Microsoft Surface Lagoon is a screensaver that you can interact with using multi-touch. It recreates the natural environment of water and schooling fish. It is really relaxing to run your fingers through the “water” and hold your finger down and watch the fish gather around.

Solve a puzzle game of physics, called Microsoft Blackboard, by creating a nifty machine on a virtual blackboard. Use gestures to rotate and resize gears, fans, seesaws and more to move balloons and balls toward the light bulbs - and victory.

Use your fingers to propel a ball and annihilate your opponent in Microsoft Rebound. Play against the computer or challenge a friend and battle it out in the electrified court to see who the champion is.

Finally, with Microsoft Garden Pond, you can guide your origami creations to peaceful areas on the pond or direct them with gestures to complete goals that have been set for you. Gently move the origami by making ripples in the water.

In order to use the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 – you’ll need a Windows 7 PC that supports multi-touch. The Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 will be available to PC makers (OEMs) who will have the option to pre-install some, none, or all of the applications available in the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 on PCs designed for Windows Touch (PCs that meet the logo requirements for Windows Touch) – so you should start to see these applications showing up on some touch PCs around the time Windows 7 is made broadly available. After general availability of Windows 7, we will look at making the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 even more broadly available based on feedback from customers and partners.

The Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 is a great example of immersive experiences software developers can create for Windows 7 and multi-touch. We thought now would be a good time to share what some of the team has been working on – and give you folks a glimpse into what’s possible – and we look forward to continuing this conversation as the touch community grows.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 May 2009   #2

Windows 7 Build 7077 x64

Aww this makes me wish I had a touchscreen PC, it looks mighty fun :P
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 May 2009   #3

OS3.5 interactive screen saver and games, cool.

I'm though (nothing new), is this feature already installed?
If its not installed, is it available at this time for download?

I've got a small touch screen, but haven't tried connecting it yet.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

27 May 2009   #4


It seems to be a pack they plan to offer oems to install if they want to.

I'd like to try it out, even though my touchscreen isn't muli touch.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 May 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

All these new items for a touchscreen makes me want to buy one, but if I do my wife would kill me...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 May 2009   #6


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by copernicus View Post
It seems to be a pack they plan to offer oems to install if they want to.

I'd like to try it out, even though my touchscreen isn't muli touch.
Thanks, wasn't sure what was and wasn't already included. What I've gathered is Seven is geared for touch already, but as you noted, apps and such will be add-ons.

My concern is adjusting the DPI. MS and others mention this often about adjusting the dpi to better suite touch, but I've noticed some apps don't play nice with any dpi setting other than the default. Overlapping is one issue some apps have with an adjusted dpi. Hope they get that worked out.

I use a 7inch multi-touch screen connected to a Wind U100 in my vehicle for GPS and music. Garmin Mobile PC GPS is awesome on it as its geared for touch, but DeLorme's Street Atlas is terrible with touch and was an app that gave me trouble with a dpi set above 100%.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 May 2009   #7

Win 7 RC1

Sweet, cant wait to try this out on my HP TX2! Win 7's built in touch with ntrig drivers already is pretty sweet.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 May 2009   #8


man.. i work on computers for a living, and laptops that come in are disgusting to the point i wont touch some til i douche them in 409.... the thought of touchscreens just skeevs me

P.S. you know some guys will try it with their peckers, just to see if it works
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