Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 Is Released
Microsoft's Touch Pack for Windows 7, consisting of six touch applications, has been installed on new Windows 7 PCs by OEMs for some time, but now it is accessible to consumers. Microsoft's Windows and Service teams worked to integrate touch-screen functionality into Windows 7 long before the operating system's release, leading not only to a number of laptops and desktops capable of multitouch input, but possibly a new generation of tablet PCs.Microsoft has released its Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 to users with touch-screen devices. The Touch Pack comprises six applications designed take advantage of the operating system's multitouch capabilities: three games and three Microsoft Surface applications. "Until today, the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 was only available for OEMs to put on new Windows 7 PCs capable of Windows Touch," Microsoft spokesperson Brandon LeBlanc wrote on The Windows Blog April 21. "Due to feedback and requests from both partners and customers, we are releasing the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 for anyone with Windows Touch-capable devices to download."
The games are Blackboard, Garden Pond and Rebound, all of which involve touching elements on a screen in order to win; the applications are Surface Globe, which lets users explode an Earth rendered in either two or three dimensions, Surface Collage, a photo-manipulation program, and Surface Lagoon, which lets users interact with a "water simulation" that includes fish and rocks.