Windows 10 To Support Mac-Like Gestures
“Good artists copy, great artists steal” was quoted by Steve Jobs when he openly admitted that his company “stole” great ideas from others and made them their own. Microsoft is now following in Steve Jobs’ steps and has borrowed some of the features from Mac.
In a keynote speech at TechEd Europe, Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group vice president Joe Belfiore showed some new trackpad gestures that will be coming to Windows 10. The company introduced some new gestures like pinch to zoom and pan and scroll in Windows 8, but this time there are many new gestures that make multi tasking and user experience much better.
These gestures aim at reducing the gap between usability of PC and touch-screen systems.
A new gesture called “Three-finger Salute” will let you swipe down with three fingers to show the desktop in Windows 10. If you reverse that motion, all of your opened windows will be returned. The new task view can also be revealed by swiping your three fingers upward, if all your open windows are on the desktop.
Apart from using the same gesture, Task View also looks like OS X’s Mission Control (Exposé) feature.
“In the past, touchpads on Windows have really been done very differently, because OEMs do them,” Belfiore said. “With Windows 10 we’re adding support for power users in a touchpad where multiple finger gestures…can make you really efficient.”
Another Mac-like gesture that will be supported in next version of Windows is the window-switching gesture that you normally do with Alt-tab. If you hold your three fingers on the left or right of the trackpad, you can then choose which window you want to open from the multitasking menu, or in other words “Alt-tab menu.”
Windows 10 aims at providing great user experience with its new look, reinvented Start menu, and multiple desktops. Apart from major GUI changes, some behind-the-scenes changes have also been made. There is a new service in Windows 10 that will provide much enhanced security as compared to the current operating systems.
Moreover, there is much more than simply improved look in Windows 10.
It is yet unclear when we, Windows 10 Technical Preview users, will get to use these gestures in Windows 10, but we hope to see an update soon.