Windows 8 new gestures and touch effects

After the latest Windows 8 (build 7955) leak today, a lot more features are beginning to show up all over the web. The latest feature in Windows 8, is the updated gesture controls, touch screen keyboard and cursor effects.

The short video appeared on YouTube shortly by a username Xeraxical (Alex Reed) showing off the new keyboard, gestures and updated cursor.

The video may appear to not be significant, but it does show that Microsoft is working on new features for tablets (and possibly mobile phones) already in the early stages of development. It could mean that Microsoft's next operating system, Windows 8, will be more geared towards the mobile market with touchscreen devices.

The latest Windows 8 leak appeared on a private FTP server on betaarchive.com, which eventually spilled onto public torrent websites. The leaked build was from Milestone 2, a previous and old build from within Microsoft. The latest compile of Windows 8 is in the "Milestone 3" or M3 phase.

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Can news posters in the future NOT mention the source of said leaks? I'm sure no one wants to be held responsible when Microsoft does actively begin prosecuting people as noted in the default wallpaper... Those of us who want it badly enough already know where we can find it.

With all the excitement on updated Aero, Ribbon and of course Metro, everyone seems to have missed something. Windows 8 at least as of the current leaked build 7955 has no way of disabling DWM completely. More importantly there is no way to fall back to Windows Classic (Windows Native UI aka Windows 2000 look). In fact during my exploits I have found that DWM is not even a proper service anymore but is loaded by Winlogon. Also the Themes service or atleast what has not been placed elsewhere as no affect on the OS except by greying out the selection of themes in the appearance control panel.

I know what you are all thinking, "Good", "It was ugly", etc. But actually for lower end systems or even for those who do not particularly like aero it was a good option. Highly customizable with fonts and colors and I know it is there deep down. I am not particularly agenist not having it I am just agenist not having the choice. If there is a good reason not to have it then so be it but if it is a purely marketing and branding thing.. Then I think it's entry points should be brought back.

-Matt A. Tobin of Binary Outcast

I used similar software years ago from 3rd software company. Nothing new to me and I don't think I have a reason to upgrade to Windows 8.

lol.. "Much easier to type with. hellob"

I'm annoyed that the on-screen keyboard still doesn't auto-popup when using a touch device and when giving a text field (like Notepad) focus. Maybe in M3... Touch OS devs had this figured out years ago.

Northgrove said,
lol.. "Much easier to type with. hellob"

I'm annoyed that the on-screen keyboard still doesn't auto-popup when using a touch device and when giving a text field (like Notepad) focus. Maybe in M3... Touch OS devs had this figured out years ago.

And so did Windows. i don't know if it was the case with Vista, but Windows 7 would bring the keyboard automatically when you touch the screen.

Northgrove said,
lol.. "Much easier to type with. hellob"

I'm annoyed that the on-screen keyboard still doesn't auto-popup when using a touch device and when giving a text field (like Notepad) focus. Maybe in M3... Touch OS devs had this figured out years ago.

Really, so when I browse to a web page in iOS or Android that automatically puts the focus in the textbox, I don't have to click the box 'again' to get the keyboard to display? Funny.

In Windows, it is a large button on the Taskbar that flips the keyboard or input panel on the screen (or you can use the side float in keyboard/input panel).

If it popped up EVERY time a 'textbox' got focus, it would be jumping on the screen all the time, just when you flip from Word to IE, and drive you freaking nuts in about 20 seconds. There is a reason that on a full OS that the keyboard or input panel is something you click/request, and not something that just jumps on the screen whenever a textbox gets focus.

Boeing 787 said,
boring.....

Windows 8 just doesn't have the excitement level that Windows 7 did.

Windows 7 was exciting because we were more than eager to dump Vista.

hmm well windows was definately not built from the start to work on tabs, so it'll be interesting what they try to make that happen

jasonon said,
hmm well windows was definately not built from the start to work on tabs, so it'll be interesting what they try to make that happen

I only see cosmetic changes here, that don't alleviate the major problems Windows 7 has with tablets. It'll be interesting to see the final result in Windows 8. Ballmer really needs to start understanding tablets and what they need from the OS, starting with a good touch interface.

Northgrove said,

I only see cosmetic changes here, that don't alleviate the major problems Windows 7 has with tablets. It'll be interesting to see the final result in Windows 8. Ballmer really needs to start understanding tablets and what they need from the OS, starting with a good touch interface.

I would bet good money that you have never touched a Win7 TabletPC or Win7 touch based computer.

Half of the features that turn on when the drivers are loaded for touch or TabletPC are never even see by a regular Win7 user.

Windows has been doing touch and Tablets since the early 90s, truly, and Microsoft has a very good understanding of these interfaces, especially when you stop to realize that many of the 'famous' iPhone touch features came from Microsoft.

How about the Microsoft Surface computer, have you used one? It makes the iPad and other 'touch' based devices look like sad toys with poorly implemented touch features.

As for Win7 even, it supports 50 points of touch at once, with pressure, and size, shape, and image for each point. Things iOS and other 'touch' OSes cannot even process, let alone have inherent support.

I could hand you a Win7 touch or TabletPC that I have set the keyboard to taskbar, change how things are displayed on the screen, and you would walk away thinking the iPad was a poor touch device in comparison.

I love how everyone is an expert on 'touch' OS concepts, yet have so little experience on what is even available with just Win7 now, let alone what MS has planned for Win8. It is like people forget things like Media Center, where it is not only a rich touch based interface application, but can even be used with a 5 button remote control from across the room.

I think that it's obvious that they are gunning to have Windows 8 x64 and Windows 8 ARM fully compatible with each other not matter which device you are using. None of this stripped down mobile version of Windows.

Simon- said,
I think that it's obvious that they are gunning to have Windows 8 x64 and Windows 8 ARM fully compatible with each other not matter which device you are using. None of this stripped down mobile version of Windows.

Gah,ok a mobile device:p hit post Tools soon
you do know that arm and x86/64 cannot run the same executables without recompiling?

morphen said,
Gah,ok a mobile device:p hit post Tools soon
you do know that arm and x86/64 cannot run the same executables without recompiling?

and that is why silverlight/.NET is pushed so hard, code once, distribute to tablet, phone, pc and console

morphen said,
Gah,ok a mobile device:p hit post Tools soon
you do know that arm and x86/64 cannot run the same executables without recompiling?

Yes and No...

There are translation technologies that have existed for a long long time that allow this to happen. Windows NT has been doing this since it was designed, as the HAL layer itself is a set of architecture translation, and going further the Win16 and DOS subsystems on Windows are running in a VDM, which is a 16bit translation machine. This is why Win16 and DOS applications could run on Windows NT when it was running on Alpha, PPC, MIPS, etc. It was only 32bit x86 binaries that had to be recompiled, and even then Microsoft worked with DEC to develop a realtime translation and binary recompiling layer that allowed x86 32bit binaries to run on Alpha systems.

Heck even Apple used lower to upper translation when they started shipping PPC based Macs, as the applicaitons and even System 7.5?, 8.0, and parts of 9.0 were still 68K code.

For Microsoft to pull this off on ARM, it would depend on the power of the ARM CPU, and if it can handle both the translation and the execution of the x86 code without a large performance hit. If Microsoft is embeddeding Win8 in a chip, as they have talked about, it is possible this chip might be designed to handle this translation separate of the ARM cpu, and be rather seamless.

And as others have mentioned, Microsoft's push to .NET and architecture agnostic computing is important, and why everything from Silverlight to XNA runs easily on WP7 devices, XBox 360 PPC systems, and desktop x86 32/64bit systems.

I wish Microsoft would make the on screen keyboard more intelligent and act more like the software keyboard on the iPad. Meaning, it knows when to pop up on a slate device for instance or a TouchSmart PC, such as a field box requiring text entry, click go or done, it disappears.

Mr. Dee said,
I wish Microsoft would make the on screen keyboard more intelligent and act more like the software keyboard on the iPad. Meaning, it knows when to pop up on a slate device for instance or a TouchSmart PC, such as a field box requiring text entry, click go or done, it disappears.

In theory this sounds good, in usage, not so much... With any app that pops up and puts the focus in the search box for example, will throw the keyboard on the screen.

In Win7, if you have a touch or tablet PC, if you put the keyboard on the Taskbar (It is a Toolbar option for the TaskBar), it is a large button that pops it up whenever you need and clicking the button puts it away. It is one extra click, but keeps it out of your way. (Think about just clicking through web pages that put the focus on a textbox, it would drive you nuts, and this is why, even on iOS and Android, you still have to click the textbox again to get the keyboard to actually show itself.)

Sadly, so many people have never used the TabletPC or Touch screen features of even Win7, as they are not enabled unless you have TabletPC or Touch screen device drivers loaded.

There are a lot of changes, from the press and hold right click, to the check boxes on the files, to even the keyboard that you have in Win7 for 'accessiblity' is not the same keyboard you have when the TabletPC or Touch features are enabled. (The TabletPC/Touch keyboard is far easier to type on with a touch screen, uses multi-touch, and also has options to float and dock to the screen, and in dock mode, works and looks like an onscreen keyboard on iOS or Android, as it slides up your application.

Microsoft should have turned these features on for everyone, so that people would have a sense of what is truly capable of even Win7 and a touch or TabletPC device, as people would not dismiss it and would consider it as a viable Tablet device, as it works more like an iPad or Android Tablet than people assume. (And when combined with applications that are made for touch, like even Media Center, it is a quite elegant OS to run on a Tablet or touch screen.)

All those image effects and the touch keyboard are in the msstyles. Second stream. If anyone wants to see a pixel perfect version and don't have a touch screen.

Nice, for the most part, hopes it stays and more changes will be implemented UI and feature wise, but this is a M2.5 ? Post M2 pre M3 weird, but the change log is soo big so its fairly understandable.

It's the little things that make the OS fun to use everyday, this is a good step forward.

Still don't think the whole thing is ready for tablets, maybe more on that tablet version?

Also, Jose_49, was that post just to be first? Then you read the article and edit?

Omen1393 said,
None of those animations were new....just the keyboard.

how come i never had them bnefore?

allwynd said,

how come i never had them bnefore?

You weren't using a tnablet in tablet mode. This is on my girlfriends tablet computer.

Omen1393 said,
None of those animations were new....just the keyboard.

well "mouse drag" is new one, others effects seems to be the same as in win7.