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Microsoft Bringing OS X-Inspired Trackpad Gestures To Windows 10

by Brandon Russell | October 28, 2014October 28, 2014 10:00 pm PDT


Microsoft is making some big changes in Windows 10, as we outlined here. But one of the biggest, which the company didn’t mention, is support for OS X-style trackpad gestures. Even if you don’t use a Mac, Windows users can admit that Apple’s gestures are much smoother and more powerful. In fact, Windows isn’t even in the same league, which is why that’s all going to change next year.

According to Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, the company is going to add “support for power users in a touch pad, where multiple finger gestures—which all of you power users learn—can make you really efficient.”

The problem right now is that Microsoft allows OEMs to handle gestures for the hardware that they make. So Dell does its own gestures, Lenovo its own, etc. Microsoft wants to take control of that in Windows 10 so there’s no more confusion. Some of the things Belfiore mentions are three-finger swipes up, left, right and down, which should sound familiar to OS X users.

Of course, you could just use a mouse, but when you’re on the go, know that in Windows 10 laptops, your trackpad experience should be significantly improved. At least as far as gestures are concerned.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...