Microsoft is Bringing OS X-Style Trackpad Gestures to Windows 10

By Jamie Condliffe on at

One big issue in switching from OS X to Windows is the lack of coherent and consistent trackpad gestures in Windows. But Microsoft seems to be putting an end to that, by borrowing the best multi-finger swiping tricks from Apple.

Speaking at TechEd Europe Microsoft's Joe Belfiore explained:

"In the past touch pads on Windows have really been done very differently because OEMs do them. With Windows 10 we're adding support for power users in a touch pad, where multiple finger gestures — which all of you power users learn — can make you really efficient."

So, what can you expect to be able to do? The feature outlined by Belfiore include: a three-finger swipe down to minimise all active Windows; a three-finger swipe up to bring them back; another three-finger swipe up to open Windows' new Task View feature (a bit like Apple's Mission Control); three finger swipes left and right to switch between apps.

If that all sounds familiar to Mac users its because... well, it's exactly the same as in OS X. [Verge]

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