Windows 10 to add touchpad gestures for power users

— 9:30 AM on October 28, 2014

In my first look at Windows 10, I said I hoped to see more touchpad gestures in the OS—particularly ones to control the new Task view feature. Looks like I'm going to get my wish. According to The Verge, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore took the stage at TechEd Europe today to reveal a bevy of new touchpad gestures for Windows 10. And yes, Task view gestures are on the menu:

The new gestures include a three finger swipe down action to minimize all active Windows and three finger swipe up to bring them back. An interesting addition is the ability to use a three finger swipe up gesture to activate the new Task View feature of Windows 10. . . . Microsoft is also borrowing the three finger swipe left and right to activate switching between apps.

As The Verge points out, the three-finger swipe up is taken right out of OS X's playbook. In OS X, that same gesture brings up Mission Control, Apple's own virtual desktops implementation. (Task view already looks and feels quite a bit like Mission Control and is, I suspect, partly modeled after it.)

Some touchpad vendors have offered multitasking gestures for Windows in the past, but those implementations were often a little clunky, and the lack of consistent support across different machines was obviously an issue. Making the gestures standard OS functionality has worked very well for OS X, and I'm glad to see Microsoft taking the same road with Windows 10.

You'll be able to try out the new gestures for yourself in a future build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview, The Verge says.

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