Microsoft releases Windows 8 Device Center beta

When Microsoft released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview version in February, the OS seemed to work fine with Microsoft's line up of PC mice and keyboards. However, the company has also released a beta version of some special software designed specifically to be used in the Consumer Preview version for those devices.

The beta version of the Microsoft Device Center is now available to download from the Microsoft Hardware web site (actually, it's been available since the Windows 8 Consumer Preview came out but wasn't given a lot of press by Microsoft at the time). The software comes in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

Basically, Microsoft mice and keyboard owners who are using Windows 8 can use this beta software to combine its IntelliPoint software made for the mice products and the IntelliType keyboard software into one system that can be used for both types of devices.

The Windows 8 user interface can be used to change settings for both Microsoft mice and keyboards, including slide bars to change the speed of vertical scrolling for the mice and assigning button assignments for keyboards.

Keep in mind this is a beta version of the software so errors might occur; the beta is also only available for English at this time.

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Another kludge in an attempt to make Windows-8 more usable by keyboard and mice users on laptops and desktops. How many more are going to have to be made--either by Microsoft or by third-party vendors?

TsarNikky said,
Another kludge in an attempt to make Windows-8 more usable by keyboard and mice users on laptops and desktops. How many more are going to have to be made--either by Microsoft or by third-party vendors?

windows 8 works perfectly fine with a mouse and keyboard on a pc and works perfectly fine on my laptop.

This looks useful , especially since the mouse part of my MS Entertainment 7000 keyboard is suffering with a certain amount of 'stickiness'

I personally don't mind the move forward, they just need to make the desktop have a more unified look and feel when switching over to the metro UI, for instance the desktop UI should have the same colour theme that you've set in the metro UI, as well as all icon,slider,scroll bars and wallpaper.

The wallpaper is another matter. They stated that because people will want to pin so much apps, Having a large background won't be feasible. This can be fixed by having a section just for desktop apps that have smaller Icons and also cut down on the amount of groups you can have.

Hopefully all this is in the works and will be present in the next beta build.

I just don't understand why people don't see that win8 is a good step forward, I know some are having trouble with metro and some cant get used to the start menu being there in its old form, but how can someone say erase the whole code and go back to windows 7????? that to me is just someone that is not using anything windows and just spurts out crap.

this was released just after the CP was released, looks good
all we need now is proper integration for WP
loving windows 8 so far, and pls for all the bad comments for win8 remember that the CP is pretty much the same as the old beta1 style of windows, lot of work to be done yet to make it even better.

korupt_one said,
this was released just after the CP was released, looks good
all we need now is proper integration for WP
loving windows 8 so far, and pls for all the bad comments for win8 remember that the CP is pretty much the same as the old beta1 style of windows, lot of work to be done yet to make it even better.

erasing the whole code and going back to windows 7 would be a great start.

how about if you erase your life...? go use you mac or Linux this news has nothing to do with you.

nekrosoft13 said,

erasing the whole code and going back to windows 7 would be a great start.

You guys are missing the bigger picture. Look again.

This looks exactly like Zune marketplace. Could this be the final look for windows 8 desktop UI?

wetworker said,
You guys are missing the bigger picture. Look again.

This looks exactly like Zune marketplace. Could this be the final look for windows 8 desktop UI?


not sure why I should be surprised that this is in Metro look. I wouldn't expect anything else for W8

wetworker said,
You guys are missing the bigger picture. Look again.

This looks exactly like Zune marketplace. Could this be the final look for windows 8 desktop UI?

It's a custom UI written in WPF.

It's quite an attractive program - I don't think Metro in Windows 8 looks particularly nice, but here and in the Zune client software it looks great. Best of all, it runs in a window and doesn't take over the whole screen.

wetworker said,
You guys are missing the bigger picture. Look again.

This looks exactly like Zune marketplace. Could this be the final look for windows 8 desktop UI?

i agree .. I believe this is going to be the final look for the new desktop under the metro UI..

well, it looked promising. the settings for my touch mouse are the same as for W7, no additional settings. I was hoping there'd be some special settings for the tile desktop - nada.
hope to see sth in the future.